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(1)Where a person is convicted of a relevant offence, the convicting court may make an order (in this Part referred to as a “disqualification order”) which imposes on the person one or more of the disqualifications specified in subsection (2).
(2)Those are disqualification from—
(a)owning or keeping animals (or both),
(b)dealing in animals,
(d)working with or using animals,
(e)riding or driving animals,
(f)providing any service relating to animals (including, in particular, for their care) which involves taking possession of animals,
(g)taking possession of animals for the purpose of an activity in respect of which a disqualification mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (f) is imposed,
(h)taking charge of animals for any, or any other, purpose.
(3)For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), disqualification in respect of an activity includes disqualification from any participation in the activity including, in particular—
(a)making arrangements in connection with the activity,
(b)being party to arrangements under which the activity may be controlled or influenced,
(c)being concerned (so far as relating to the activity) in the management or control of a body whose business involves the activity.
(4)However, disqualification by reference to subsection (2)(h) does not include disqualification from taking charge of an animal for so long as is necessary in the circumstances—
(a)with the consent of the owner or keeper of the animal, for the purpose of caring for it,
(b)for the purpose of alleviating any suffering of the animal,
if no alternative arrangements for its care are reasonably available.
(5)Where the court decides not to make a disqualification order in relation to a relevant offence, it must state its reasons.
(6)A disqualification order may be made in addition to, or instead of, any other penalty or order which may be imposed in relation to a relevant offence.
(7)A disqualification order may apply to animals generally or to animals of any particular kind.
(8)A disqualification order which imposes disqualification from owning or keeping animals of a particular kind may in any appropriate case be framed so as to provide that the disqualification is from owning or keeping more than a specified maximum number of animals of that kind.
(9)A disqualification order—
(a)has effect for such period as may be specified in the order,
(b)may specify a period within which an application under section 42(1) for termination or variation of the order may not be made.
(10)The court may suspend the operation of a disqualification order—
(a)for such period as it considers necessary for enabling arrangements to be made for the keeping of any animals to which the order applies,
(b)pending an appeal.
(11)A person who breaches a disqualification order commits an offence.
(12)If a disqualification order framed as described in subsection (8) is breached, the breach is to be regarded, for the purpose of—
(a)any proceedings for an offence under subsection (11),
(b)the making of—
(i)a deprivation order,
(ii)a seizure order,
as having occurred in relation to all the animals of the particular kind concerned (that is, without restriction by reference to the maximum number specified).
(13)In this section, a “relevant offence” is—
(a)an offence under subsection (11),
(b)an offence under sections 19 to 23,
(c)an offence under section 24 or 25(7),
(d)an offence under section 29.
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