48. The owner of an animal seized while in the custody of another person may apply to a judge for the animal’s return. At least three clear days’ prior notice of the application must be served on the inspector.
The judge grants the application if convinced that the animal’s welfare and safety will not be compromised, on payment of the animal care expenses incurred as a result of the seizure. However, if no proceedings are instituted, the animal care expenses incurred as a result of the seizure are reimbursed to the animal’s owner.