Dog Control Act 1996

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5 Obligations of dog owners

(1)

The obligations imposed on dog owners by this Act require every owner of a dog—

(a)

to ensure that the dog is registered in accordance with this Act, and that all relevant territorial authorities are promptly notified of any change of address or ownership of the dog:

(b)

to ensure that the dog is kept under control at all times:

(c)

to ensure that the dog receives proper care and attention and is supplied with proper and sufficient food, water and shelter:

(d)

to ensure that the dog receives adequate exercise:

(e)

to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not cause a nuisance to any other person, whether by persistent and loud barking or howling or by any other means:

(f)

to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate, or otherwise cause distress to any person:

(g)

to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, or cause distress to any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife:

(h)

to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not damage or endanger any property belonging to any other person:

(i)

to comply with the requirements of this Act and of all regulations and bylaws made under this Act.

(2)

Nothing in this Act limits the obligations of any owner of a dog to comply with the requirements of any other Act or of any secondary legislation regulating the control, keeping, and treatment of dogs.

Section 5(2): amended, on 28 October 2021, by section 3 of the Secondary Legislation Act 2021 (2021 No 7).