Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013


Seizure of animals in connection with disqualification.

59.—(1) Where—

( a) a court makes a disqualification order, and

( b) it appears to the court that the person to whom the order applies owns or has possession or control of an animal contrary to the order,

it may order that all animals that the person owns or has possession or control of contrary to the disqualification order be delivered up or seized and detained in accordance with the order.

(2) Where a person is convicted of an offence under section 58(8) because of owning or keeping an animal in breach of a disqualification order, the court by or before which that person is convicted may order that any or all animals that that person owns or keeps in breach of the order be delivered up or seized and detained, sold, disposed of or destroyed in accordance with the order.

(3) The profits arising from any sale, disposal or destruction under subsection (2) shall be paid to the prosecutor.

(4) A court shall not make an order under this section unless the court is satisfied that in the circumstances all practicable measures have been taken to notify any person of the proceedings relating to the application for the order and who, in the opinion of the court, should be given the opportunity of being heard by it on that application.

(5) Where the court makes an order under this section, it may order the person disqualified to reimburse the expenses incurred in carrying out the order.

(6) An order under this section takes effect, except by leave of the court, on its making.