149. Deprivation of ownership of animal.

149.     Deprivation of ownership of animal.

If the person convicted of a specified offence under the Animal Welfare Act 20061 is the owner of an animal2 in relation to which the offence was committed3, the court by or before which he is convicted may, instead of or in addition to dealing with him in any other way, make an order depriving him of ownership of the animal and for its disposal4. Where the owner of an animal is convicted of an offence5 of breaching a disqualification order because ownership of the animal is in breach of a