69A Impounded dog must be microchipped and registered before release

(1)

A registered dog that has been impounded by a territorial authority under this Act may not be released to any person (other than for the purposes of destroying it) without first being implanted with a functioning microchip transponder of the prescribed type and in the prescribed manner.

(2)

Subsection (1) does not apply to a registered dog that has been impounded by the territorial authority for the first time.

(3)

An unregistered dog that has been impounded by a territorial authority under this Act may not be released to any person (other than for the purposes of destroying it) without first being registered under this Act.

(4)

An unregistered dog that has been impounded by a territorial authority under this Act may not be released to any person (other than for the purposes of destroying it) without first being implanted with a functioning microchip transponder of the prescribed type and in the prescribed manner.

(5)

Subsections (1) and (4) do not apply if,—

(a)

as a requirement of this Act, the dog has been previously implanted with a functioning microchip transponder of the prescribed type and in the prescribed location; or

(b)

in any other case, the territorial authority has verified that the dog has been implanted with a functioning microchip transponder of the prescribed type and in the prescribed location.

(6)

A territorial authority that implants in a dog, or causes a dog to be implanted with, a microchip transponder under this section may recover all the costs in relation to the procedure from—

(a)

the owner of the dog; or

(b)

the person taking possession of the dog.

Section 69A: inserted, on 1 July 2006, by section 24 of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 61).

Section 69A(3): brought into force, on 7 July 2004, by section 2(3) of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 61).

Section 69A(6): added (with effect on 1 July 2006), on 28 June 2006, by section 23 of the Dog Control Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 23).