52A Control of dog on owner’s property

(1)

This section applies when a dog is on land or premises occupied by its owner.

(2)

The owner of a dog must, at all times, ensure that either—

(a)

the dog is under the direct control of a person; or

(b)

the dog is confined within the land or premises in such a manner that it cannot freely leave the land or premises.

(3)

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 who fails to comply with subsection (2).

(4)

If a person fails to comply with subsection (2), a dog control officer or dog ranger may—

(a)

seize and impound the dog; and

(b)

for the purposes of paragraph (a), enter, at any reasonable time, the land or premises (except a dwellinghouse) owned or occupied by the owner of the dog.

Section 52A: inserted, on 1 June 2004, by section 32 of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 119).

Section 52A(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).