(1) A territorial authority must disqualify a person from being an owner of a dog if—
(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply if the territorial authority is satisfied that the circumstances of the offence or offences are such that—
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a person must be treated as having committed an infringement offence if—
(a) the person has been ordered to pay a fine and costs under section 78A(1) of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957, or is deemed to have been ordered to do so under section 21(5) of that Act, in respect of the offence; or
(3) A disqualification under subsection (1) continues in force for a period specified by the territorial authority not exceeding 5 years from the date of the third infringement offence or offences (as the case may be) in respect of which the person is disqualified.
(4) If a person is disqualified under subsection (1), the territorial authority must, as soon as practicable, give written notice in the prescribed form to the person of that decision.
Section 25: substituted, on 1 December 2003, by section 14 of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 119).
Section 25(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 7(1) of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 61).
Section 25(1A): inserted, on 7 July 2004, by section 7(2) of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 61).