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Stealing Dogs

Stealing Dogs is an offence under Section 132 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison.

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

You stole a dog, or you unlawfully had a stolen dog, or the skin of a stolen dog, in your possession knowing it had been stolen.

Defences to the charge include:

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

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