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Muzzling Regulations

Under the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Acts, 1878-1894, local

authorities (i.e., county, borough, or district councils) were

empowered to issue orders regulating the muzzling of dogs in public

places and the keeping of dogs under control (otherwise than by

muzzling). Offenders under these Acts are liable to a fine not

exceeding P20.

The Statute 57 and 58 Vict., c. 57, gives the Board of Agriculture

power to make orders for muzzling dogs, keeping them under control,

and the detention and disposal of stray dogs; and section 2 of the

Dogs Act, 1906 (known by some as the Curfew Bell Act), says that the

Diseases of Animals Act, 1894, shall have effect:

(a) For prescribing and regulating the wearing by dogs while in a

highway or in a place of public resort of a collar with the name and

address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge

attached thereto:

(b) With a view to the prevention of worrying of cattle for preventing

dogs or any class of dogs from straying during all or any of the hours

between sunset and sunrise.