If a person is convicted of a ‘relevant offence’, the court may decide to make a deprivation order in relation to any animal to which the offence was committed.
- A deprivation order will deprive a person of possession or ownership (or both) of an animal and can order the destruction, sale or another way of disposing of the animal concerned.
- It will also make provision for any dependent offspring of an animal to which it applies.
A deprivation order may also include provision which appoints a person who is to ensure that the provision is carried out and includes a requirement for the person who possesses the animal to which the order applies to give it up to the appointed person or any person acting on their behalf (eg SSPCA or similar body).
It will also authorise entry to any premises where an animal to which the order applies is kept for the purpose of securing that the order is carried out.
The order may make provision for the requirement the reimbursement of expenses incurred in carrying out the order and how any of the proceeds gained by the disposal may be retained i.e.if the animal is sold, the money of the sale may be directed to an animal charity such as the SSPCA