Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997

1 Destruction orders.E+W+S

(1)In paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 4 (destruction and disqualification orders) of the M1Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (“the 1991 Act”), after the words “committed and” there shall be inserted the words “ , subject to subsection (1A) below, ”.

(2)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A)Nothing in subsection (1)(a) above shall require the court to order the destruction of a dog if the court is satisfied—

(a)that the dog would not constitute a danger to public safety; and

(b)where the dog was born before 30th November 1991 and is subject to the prohibition in section 1(3) above, that there is a good reason why the dog has not been exempted from that prohibition.

(3)In subsection (2) of that section, the words “then, unless the order is one that the court is required to make” shall cease to have effect.

(4)In subsection (3)(a) of that section, the words “, where the order was not one that the court was required to make” shall cease to have effect.

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