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Change of address or ownership

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Change of address or ownership

Under section 11(1) of the Companion Animals Act 1998, the owner of an identified companion animal (whether or not it is registered) must notify the Director-General when any of the following happens:

  • (a) any change occurs in the registration information or identification information for the animal (notification must be given within 14 days after the change occurs),
  • (b) the making or revocation of a declaration by a court under Part 5 that the animal (being a dog) is dangerous (notification must be given within 7 days after the declaration is made or revoked),
  • (c) the animal dies (notification must be given within 28 days after the animal dies),
  • (d) the animal has been missing for more than 72 hours (notification must be given within 96 hours after the animal went missing),
  • (d1) the animal has been found after having been reported missing (notification must be given within 72 hours after the animal is found),
  • (e) any other event prescribed as a notifiable event by the regulations.

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