S. 20(1) amended by Nos 65/2007 s. 9, 44/2010 s. 8(1).
(1) If a registered dog or cat is found outside the owner's premises without the identification required by section 19, the owner is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of not more than 2 penalty units.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to—
(a) a fox hound, beagle or greyhound engaged in a public coursing match or in a hunt organised by a hunt club registered with the Hunts Club Association of Victoria Incorporated or any successor in law of that association; or
(b) a dog engaged in working livestock; or
(c) a dog going to a place for the purpose of working livestock or returning from a place where it has been working livestock if it is under the effective control of some person; or
S. 20(2)(d) amended by No. 87/2000 s. 9.
(d) a dog or cat while it is being exhibited for show purposes at a fixture conducted under the rules and regulations of an applicable organisation; or
S. 20(2)(da) inserted by No. 83/2001 s. 16.
(da) a dog while it is being exhibited for show purposes at a fixture conducted by a recognised organisation; or
S. 20(2)(e) amended by No. 44/2010 s. 8(2).
(e) a dog while it is being trained for or is participating in obedience trials or classes, retrieving game, hunting or some other customary sporting activity and is under the effective control of a responsible person; or
S. 20(2)(f) inserted by No. 44/2010 s. 8(3).
(f) a dog that is in an area designated in an order under section 26(2) as an area where dogs are not required to be on leads, if—
(i) the owner of the dog is a member of an applicable organisation and has in the last 12 months exhibited the dog for show purposes at a fixture conducted by an applicable organisation; and
(ii) the person in apparent control of the dog has with him or her the identification required by section 19.
S. 21 amended by No. 65/2007 s. 9.