Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Acts and omissions which amount to cruelty and penalties therefor

   4.   Order of court for destruction of animals

   5.   Deprivation of ownership

   6.   Damages

   7.   Destruction of animals by police officer without consent of owner

   8.   Production of driver, conductor or animal at hearing

   9.   Power of entry on premises

   10.   Powers of arrest without warrant

   11.   Separate charges may be brought in respect of each animal

   12.   Delegation of powers to a society

   13.   Vexatious complaints

   14.   Service of process on a company


to provide for the prevention of cruelty to animals; to specify acts and omissions which amount to cruelty and penalties therefor; to prescribe the powers of police officers; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

[20th January, 1921]

Act 20 of 1920,

Act 36 of 1933,

Act 32 of 1952,

Act 47 of 1963,

Act 13 of 1994,

GN 319 of 1964,

SI 29 of 1964.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“animal” means any horse, mare, gelding, bull, cow, ox, heifer, steer, calf, mule, ass, sheep, lamb, hog, pig, sow, goat, fowl, ostrich, dog, cat, or any other domestic animal, fowl or bird, and shall also include any wild animal, fowl or bird in a state of captivity;

“owner”, in addition to its ordinary meaning, includes any person having the charge, custody or control of any animal.

3.   Acts and omissions which amount to cruelty and penalties therefor

   (1) Any person who—

      (a)   shall cruelly beat, kick, ill-treat, over-ride, over-load or torture any animal, or shall cause any animal to be so used, or shall drive or use any animal which is so diseased or so injured, or in such a physical conditions that it is unfit to do any work, or shall by wantonly or unreasonably doing or omitting to do any act, or causing or procuring the commission or omission of any act, cause any unnecessary suffering, or, being the owner, permit in manner aforesaid any unnecessary suffering to be caused to any animal; or

      (b)   shall convey or carry, or cause or procure, or, being the owner, permit to be conveyed or carried, any animal in such a manner or position as to cause that animal any unnecessary suffering; or

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