An owner includes the registered owner, the last registered owner (if unregistered), or a person who has apparent ownership (unless proved to the contrary) [Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA) s 6]. Anyone who keeps a dog is also liable for the dog. This includes an occupier of a premises where a dog is kept, unless it can be shown that someone else over the age of 16 years was keeping the dog. Even the owner of an unregistered dog is liable under the Act.
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