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Taking samples from dogs

    (1)     If an authorised officer reasonably suspects that an offence has been committed against section 41EB or section 29(1) , (2), (3), (4), (5) or (6) in relation to a dog—

        (a)     the authorised officer may take a non-intimate sample from the dog; or

        (b)     the authorised officer may arrange for a veterinary practitioner (whether or not assisted by the authorised officer) to take an intimate or non-intimate sample from the dog—

for the purposes of determining whether the dog is involved in the offence.

    (2)     An authorised officer must not take a non-intimate sample or assist a veterinary practitioner to take a non-intimate or intimate sample under this section unless the authorised officer has completed a course of training approved by the Minister and published in the Government Gazette.

    (3)     If, in the opinion of the authorised officer, a dog from which a sample is to be taken is aggressive or difficult to manage, the authorised officer may direct the owner of the dog to accompany the authorised officer to a pound or other place where a sample can safely be taken.

    (4)     In this section—

"authorised officer" means an authorised officer who is appointed under section 72 or 72A;

"intimate sample" means a sample of a dog's blood;

"non-intimate sample" means a sample of a dog's saliva, fur, faeces or urine.

S. 74C inserted by No. 8/2014 s. 14.

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