Volume VII
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Definition of local authority.

4. All stray dogs to be seized.

5. Person who knowingly suffers a dog to make such person's house its ordinary place of resort deemed to be the owner of such dog.

6. When may a person kill any dog.

7. Notice by owner or possessor of diseased dog or other animal to police officer.

8. Police officer to proceed to place where rabies exists.

9. Regulations.

10. Publication of regulations.

11. Destruction of dogs on proclamation by local authority.

12. Destruction of diseased dogs. Destruction of suspected dogs and diseased animals other than dogs. Notice by owner to local authorities.

13. Penalties for offences.

14. Importation of animals.

15. Magistrate's Court to have jurisdiction.

16. Informer's share.

7 of 1893,

7 of 1906,

24 of 1921,

6 of 1929,

17 of 1930,

16 of 1934,

61 of 1939,

13 of 1941,

23 of 1946,

29 of 1947,

22 of 1955,

23 of 1956.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the Suppression of Rabies in Sri Lanka.

[Date of Commencement: 2nd January, 1894]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Rabies Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the subject or context otherwise requires—

"disease” means rabies, and "diseased” means affected with rabies;

"police officer” includes inspectors, sergeants, and constables of police, and Grama Seva Niladharis and peace officers;

"stray dog” means any dog wandering at large and not being under the control or charge of any person;

"suspected” means suspected of rabies, and "suspected animal” includes any animal which has been bitten by any diseased or suspected dog, or which has been in contact with any diseased or suspected animal, or which has been otherwise exposed to the infection of rabies.

3. Definition of local authority.

In this Ordinance, unless the subject or context otherwise requires, the expression "local authority” denotes a person falling under any of the descriptions hereafter following, namely—

(a) within the limits of a Municipality, the Mayor of the Municipal Council;

(b) within the limits of an Urban Council or a Town Council, the Chairman of such Council;

(c) outside the limits of a Municipality, Urban Council, or Town Council and within the limits of the administrative district, the Government Agent thereof;

(d) every police officer and every person duly authorised in writing by the Mayor of a Municipal Council, or Chairman of an Urban Council or Town Council, or by the Government Agent to act in his behalf for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Ordinance.

4. All stray dogs to be seized.

Every local authority shall cause all stray dogs found within his jurisdiction to be seized, and such dogs shall be dealt with as follows—

(a) How to be dealt with.

If the dog is not diseased or suspected, it shall be detained in some proper place and be there kept for such period as the local authority may think expedient, provided that where the owner or other person who had charge of the dog is known the local authority shall cause notice to be forthwith given to either of them of the seizure and detention of the dog, and upon receiving payment of the reasonable expenses incurred in respect of such seizure and detention shall deliver the dog to the person noticed or his agent, without prejudice however to the recovery of any penalty for the infringement of any of the provisions of this Ordinance;

(b) Unclaimed dogs.

If the dog so seized and detained be not claimed within two days after the notice aforesaid has been served, or, in case no owner or other person is known to be in charge of the dog, within three days of such seizure, or in case of non-payment of the reasonable expenses incurred in respect of such seizure and detention, it shall be competent to the local authority to cause the dog to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of in such manner as the local authority shall deem expedient.

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