Diseases of Animals Act, 1966

General provisions as to procedure.

52.—(1) Where the owner or person in charge of an animal or bird is charged with an offence under this Act in relation to disease or to any illness of the animal or bird, he shall be presumed to have known of the existence of the disease or illness, unless he shows to the satisfaction of the court that he had not, and could not with reasonable diligence have obtained, such knowledge.

(2) Where a person is charged with an offence under this Act in not having duly cleansed or disinfected any place, vessel, vehicle, aircraft or thing belonging to him or under his charge, and a presumption against him on the part of the prosecution is raised, it shall lie on him to prove the due cleansing and disinfection thereof.

(3) Every offence under this Act shall be deemed to have been committed, and every cause of complaint or matter for proceeding under this Act or an order of the Minister or a regulation of a local authority shall be deemed to have arisen, either in any place where it actually was committed or arose, or in any place where the person charged or complained of or proceeded against happens to be at the time of the institution or commencement of the charge, complaint or proceeding.