S. 74C(1) amended by No. 69/2017 s. 51.
(1) If a Council authorised officer or Council contracted authorised officer proposes to take a sample or arranges for a veterinary practitioner to take a sample from a dog under section 74B, he or she must—
(a) advise the owner of the dog, if possible before taking the sample, that it is taken for the purpose of analysis; and
(b) advise the owner of the dog that the owner may nominate a person to analyse part of the sample; and
(c) forward a part of the sample that is sufficient for analysis—
(i) to any person nominated by the owner of the dog; and
(ii) to a qualified person nominated by the authorised officer; and
(d) keep part of the sample untouched for future comparison; and
(e) return the remainder of the sample to the owner of the dog within 28 days if the sample is not required for the purposes of a proceeding under this Act or the regulations.
(2) In this section, "qualified person" means a person whom the Secretary has approved in writing as being qualified to conduct the analysis of samples taken under section 74B.