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2(1)A sheriff or justice of the peace may grant a warrant under this sub-paragraph if satisfied—
(a)that there are reasonable grounds for believing that there is at premises a protected animal which—
(i)is suffering, or
(ii)is likely to suffer if its circumstances do not change, and
(b)that paragraph 5 is complied with in relation to the premises.
(2)A warrant under sub-paragraph (1) authorises an inspector or a constable to enter and search the premises for the purpose of exercising any power conferred by sections 32 and 35.
(3)An inspector or a constable may—
(a)enter and search premises for the purpose of exercising any power conferred by sections 32 and 35, and
(b)do so without a warrant under sub-paragraph (1),
if it appears that immediate entry is appropriate in the interests of an animal.
(4)Sub-paragraph (3) does not apply in relation to domestic premises.
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