Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
24R Recovery of costs of seizure and disposal
(1) An inspector may certify the costs and expenses incurred by an enforcement authority in connection with the seizure, keeping and sale or other disposal of an animal under section 24Q (the certified disposal costs).(2) A single certificate may be issued in respect of more than one animal.(3) The proceeds of any sale of an animal under section 24Q are to be applied towards the certified disposal costs.(4) The balance (if any) of the proceeds of sale is to be paid to the former owner of the animal.(5) The certified disposal costs or the balance of the certified disposal costs after applying the proceeds of sale are recoverable in a court of competent jurisdiction by a person acting on behalf of the enforcement authority as a debt payable to the enforcement authority.(6) The Secretary may authorise a person or class of persons to act on behalf of the Crown under this section.(7) In this section,means:(a) in the case of an animal seized by an officer of an approved charitable organisation, the charitable organisation, or(b) in any other case, the Crown.