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(1)In this Part, references to being responsible for an animal mean being responsible for it on a permanent or temporary basis.
(2)In this Part, references to being responsible for an animal include being in charge of it.
(3)For the purposes of this Part, a person who owns an animal is always to be regarded as being a person who is responsible for it.
(4)For the purposes of this Part, a person (“person A”) is to be regarded as responsible for any animal for which a person who is under 16 years of age, of whom person A has actual care and control, is responsible.
(5)For the purposes of this Part, a person does not relinquish responsibility for an animal by reason only of abandoning it.
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