143. Prosecutions.

(vi)     Enforcement Powers

143.     Prosecutions.

A local authority1 in England or Wales may prosecute proceedings for any offence under the Animal Welfare Act 20062.

Notwithstanding the normal requirement that an information must be laid within six months from the time an offence was committed3, a magistrates' court may try an information relating to an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 if the information is laid:

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    (1)     before the end of the period of three years beginning with the date of the commission of the offence; and

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    (2)     before the end