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Number 37 of 1996


CONTROL OF HORSES ACT, 1996


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title and commencement.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Appointment of authorised persons.

4.

Powers of arrest.

5.

Offence by body corporate, etc.

6.

Penalties.

7.

Disqualification from keeping horse.

8.

Forfeiture of horse.

9.

Prosecution of offences.

10.

Provisions regarding certain offences.

11.

Registers.

12.

Regulations.

13.

Procedure for making bye-laws.

14.

Service of notifications and notices.

15.

Grants to local authorities.

16.

Expenses of Minister.

PART II

Licensing of Horses in Control Areas

17.

Control areas.

18.

Prohibition on keeping horse without horse licence in control area.

19.

Exemptions.

20.

Horse licences.

21.

Prohibition on forgery or fraudulent alteration or use of horse licence.

22.

Application for horse licence.

23.

Appeals against refusal to grant, or suspension, revocation or amendment of, horse licence.

24.

Register of horse licences.

25.

Disposal of horse by licence holder.

26.

Production of horse licence for inspection.

27.

Obligation to remove unlicensed horses found in public places in control areas.

28.

Regulations for identification of horses kept in control areas.

PART III

Control of Horses

29.

Inspection of horses.

30.

Obligation to give name and address of owner of horse.

31.

Obligation to give name and address where authorised person or member of Garda Síochána suspects offence under Act is committed.

32.

Obligation to desist from continuing to offend against certain provisions of Act.

33.

Authorised person or member of Garda Síochána may require veterinary attention for horses in extreme pain or distress, etc.

34.

Power of entry to premises by authorised persons or members of Garda Síochána.

35.

Search warrants.

36.

Obstruction of authorised person or member of Garda Síochána.

37.

Seizure and detention of horses.

38.

Identification of seized horses or horses detained in control areas.

39.

Period of detention and disposal of horses detained under section 37.

40.

Disposal of horses detained on 3 or more occasions.

41.

Destruction of detained horses which are in pain, distress or acute state of neglect, etc.

42.

Register of seized or detained horses.

43.

Prohibition on sale of horse to minor under 16 years of age.

44.

Consequential amendment to section 24 of Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 1965.

45.

Criminal liability for injury or damage caused by horses.

46.

Bye-laws for control and welfare of horses.

47.

Exclusion of horses from certain areas by bye-laws.

PART IV

MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS TO OTHER ENACTMENTS RELATING TO ANIMALS

48.

Amendment of section 1 (1) of Protection of Animals Act, 1911 (alteration of penalties) and repeal.

49.

Amendment of Pounds (Provision and Maintenance) Act, 1935 (increase of fines).

50.

Amendment of section 5 of Animals Act, 1985 (increase of fines).

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Number 37 of 1996


CONTROL OF HORSES ACT, 1996


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTROL OF HORSES AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE LICENSING OF HORSES IN URBAN AND OTHER AREAS WHERE HORSES CAUSE A DANGER TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY OR NUISANCE AND TO AMEND CERTAIN OTHER ENACTMENTS RELATING TO ANIMALS AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [19th December, 1996]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: