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(1)A person authorised in writing by the Scottish Ministers (whether generally or in a particular case) may at any reasonable time enter any premises on which that person has reasonable grounds for suspecting that an offence under section 1(1) has been or is being committed and may inspect the premises and any animals or things found there.
(2)A person appointed by the court under section 3(1)(a) may at any reasonable time enter any premises on which that person has reasonable grounds for suspecting that animals to which the order applies are being kept, and exercise that person’s powers under the order.
(3)A person acting in pursuance of subsection (1) or (2) must, if required by or on behalf of the owner or occupier or person in charge of the premises—
(a)produce evidence of that person’s identity and authority or (as the case may be) appointment,
(b)state in writing that person’s reasons for entering.
(4)Any person who intentionally obstructs or delays a person acting in pursuance of subsection (1) or (2) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(5)In this section—
“premises” includes any place other than a house,
“house” means any building for the time being used as a private dwelling but does not include any garage, outhouse or other structure (whether or not forming part of that building) which belongs to or is usually enjoyed with the house.
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