HC Deb 28 July 1982 vol 28 c1176
Mr. Allan Stewart

I beg to move amendment No. 158, in page 86, line 35, at end insert—

'(1A) For the purpose of extending the powers under section 3 of the Dogs Act 1906 of seizure and detention of stray dogs to those found on land or premises other than highways or places of public resort, the said section 3 shall be amended as follows—

  1. (a) in subsection (1), after the word "resort", there shall be inserted the words "or on any other land or premises";
  2. (b) after the said subsection (1) there shall be inserted the following subsection—
(1A) The powers under subsection (1) above shall not be exercised in relation to any dog found on any land or premises other than a highway or place of public resort unless the owner of the land or premises or person having the right of possession thereof has consented to such exercise.".'.

This amendment makes it clear that dog wardens can take possession of a stray on private ground provided that the owner of the ground consents.

Mr. Dewar

I recognise here a fragment of the COSLA proposals. As everyone has been thanked by everyone else today, we should all unite in thanking COSLA for making the original suggestion and the Minister for adopting it.

Amendment agreed to.

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