Companion Animals Regulation 2008
24 Enclosure requirements for dangerous or restricted dogs
(1) For the purposes of sections 51 (1) (c) and 56 (1) (a1) of the Act, the requirements set out in subclauses (2)–(4) are prescribed as the requirements that must be complied with in relation to an enclosure for a dangerous or restricted dog.(2) The enclosure must:(a) be fully enclosed, constructed and maintained in such a way so that the dog is not able to dig or otherwise escape under, over or through the enclosure, and(b) be constructed in such a way so that a person cannot have access to it without the assistance of an occupier of the property who is above the age of 18 years, and(c) be designed to prevent children from having access to the enclosure, and(d) not be located on the property in such a way so that people are required to pass through the enclosure to gain access to other parts of the property, and(e) have a minimum height of 1.8 m and a minimum width of 1.8 m, and(f) have an area of not less than 10 square metres for each dangerous or restricted dog kept on the property, and(g) have walls that are fixed to the floor and constructed to be no more than 50 mm from the floor, and(h) have walls, a fixed covering and a gate that are constructed of:(i) brick, timber, iron or similar solid materials, or(ii) mesh that complies with subclause (4), or(iii) a combination of the materials referred to in subparagraphs (i) and (ii), and(i) have a floor that is constructed of sealed concrete and graded to fall to a drain for the removal of effluent, and(j) provide a weatherproof sleeping area of sufficient dimensions to enable each dangerous or restricted dog kept on the property to shelter from the weather.(3) Any gate to the enclosure must:(a) contain a self-closing and self-latching mechanism that enables the enclosure to be securely locked when the dog is in the enclosure, and(b) be kept locked when the dog is in the enclosure, and(c) display the warning sign referred to in clause 26.(4) Mesh used in the construction of an enclosure must be:(a) chain mesh manufactured from at least 3.15 mm wire to form a maximum mesh spacing of 50 mm, or(b) weldmesh manufactured from at least 4 mm wire with a maximum mesh spacing of 50 mm.