Control of Dogs Act 1986

Prohibition on keeping a dog without a licence.

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2. (1) Subject to section 5 of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to—

( a) keep a dog unless he holds either—

(i) a dog licence for that dog, or

F3 [ (ii) a general dog licence relating to the premises where the dog is kept, or, ]

F4 [ ( b ) take possession, unless he is the holder of a general dog licence relating to the premises where the dog is intended to be kept, of a dog, pursuant to a change of ownership, before the issue of a dog licence in respect of that dog, or, ]

( c) transfer possession of a dog pursuant to a change of ownership to any other person unless the other person is the holder of a dog licence for that dog or a general dog licence F5 [ relating to the premises where the dog is intended to be kept ] .

(2) The occupier of any premises where a dog is found shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be the person who keeps the dog unless he proves that—

( a) he is not the owner of the dog, and

( b) the dog was kept on the premises either—

(i) without his knowledge, or

(ii) by some other person who had a licence for the dog.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F3

Substituted (1.02.1999) by Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992), s. 2(2)(a), S.I. No. 443 of 1998, subject to transitional provision in subs. (4).

F4

Substituted (1.02.1999) by Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992), s. 2(2)(b), S.I. No. 443 of 1998, subject to transitional provision in subs. (4).

F5

Inserted (1.02.1999) by Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992), s. 2(2)(c), S.I. No 443 of 1998, subject to transitional provision in subs. (4).