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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Trinidad & Tobago law on killing animals

Q: After my neighbour accused me of poisoning his dog, I thought I'd state the law in this area.

A: According to section 16 of the Summary Offences Act 1921, as amended (it really is time for this antiquated legislation to be reformed/repealed/updated):

"Any person who unlawfully and maliciously kills, maims, or wounds any dog... is liable on first conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars over and above the amount of the injury done or to imprisonment for three months and on any subsequent conviction to imprisonment for six months."


  1. What action will therefore be taken against Regional Corporations who drive around collecting stray dogs in a van and putting them to sleep?

    1. I see that as a good thing, so I don't see why the RC would require action to be taken.

  2. what can you lawfully do when someone kills your petdog.?

    in my case it is our 29year old brother, who lives in the back of our house. he came out and put a bowl of poison under our table before leaving briefly. its a small house-dog and upon release ate the food and died today.

    he has killed our two previous dogs and maliciously wounded this one in question before. i was unable to get a restraining order from the justice of the peace because i was told nothing bodily was done onto me.


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