153. Powers in relation to fighting offences.

The court by or before which a person is convicted of an offence involving an animal fight1 may order the destruction of an animal in relation to which the offence was committed2 on grounds other than the interests of the animal3. A court may not make such an order unless:


    (1)     it has given the owner of the animal an opportunity to be heard; or


    (2)     it is satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable to communicate with the owner4.

Where a court makes such an order, it may5:


    (a)     appoint a person to carry out, or arrange for the