The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what we used to consider a “normal” working environment as working from home is now the new status quo. Fortunately, this has allowed many of us to bond with our pets but what happens when our beloved pets get themselves into trouble? And the next question that follows, to what extent can local council officers enter our property to seize our pets?
Powers to entry property under the CAA Ct
In New South Wales, the Companion Animals Act 1998 (NSW) confers large powers upon local councils to regulate the effective and responsible care and management of our little furry companions.
One of the key provisions in the CAA Act is section 69A Powers of authorised officers to enter property, which allows an authorised officer to:
- enter any property to seize or secure any companion animal, or
- determine whether there has been compliance with, or contravention of the Companion Act or the Companion Regulations.