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Crimes Act 1900 No 40
Current version for 14 August 2017 to date (accessed 21 August 2017 at 16:34)
Part 3 Division 6 Section 35A
35A   Causing dog to inflict grievous bodily harm or actual bodily harm
(1) Cause dog to inflict grievous bodily harm A person who:
(a)  has control of a dog, and
(b)  does any act that causes the dog to inflict grievous bodily harm on another person, and
(c)  is reckless as to the injury that may be caused to a person by the act,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.
(2) Cause dog to inflict actual bodily harm A person who:
(a)  has control of a dog, and
(b)  does any act that causes the dog to inflict actual bodily harm on another person, and
(c)  is reckless as to the injury that may be caused to a person by the act,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.
(3) Alternative finding If, on the trial of a person for an offence under subsection (1), it appears that grievous bodily harm was not inflicted on the other person but that actual bodily harm was inflicted, the person may be found not guilty of the offence charged but guilty of an offence under subsection (2) and be liable to punishment accordingly.
(4) Doing an act includes omitting to do the act In this section, a reference to the doing of an act includes a reference to omitting to do the act.