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Stealing a Dog

Stealing a Dog is an offence under Section 503 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You took a dog
  2. The dog belonged to another person
  3. You did not have the owner’s consent to take the dog
  4. You intended to permanently deprive the owner of the dog, and
  5. Your actions were dishonest

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Duress, and
  2. Claim of right, which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to the dog.

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