6. Deprivation of ownership of animal
Where an offender convicted of one of the following offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, is the owner of an animal in relation to which the offence is committed, the court may make an order depriving him or her of ownership of the animal and for its disposal (Animal Welfare Act 2006, s.33).
- causing unnecessary suffering (s.4);
- mutilation (s.5);
- docking of dogs’ tails (ss.6(1) and 6(2));
- administration of poisons etc. (s.7);
- fighting etc. (s.8);
- breach of duty to ensure welfare (s.9);
- breach of disqualification order (s.34(9)).
The court is required to give reasons if it decides not to make such an order.
Deprivation of ownership may be ordered instead of or in addition to dealing with the offender in any other way.