53. Within seven days after taking an abandoned animal into care, the inspector returns the animal to its owner if the owner is known and has paid the animal care expenses incurred. The inspector may only do so if convinced that the owner will fulfill the obligations of care set out in Chapter II. Otherwise, the inspector informs the Minister, who gives notice to the owner of the Minister’s decision to sell the animal, give it away or have it euthanized or slaughtered within seven days after notification of the notice, unless the owner exercises the right provided for in section 54.
If, within seven days after the abandoned animal was taken into care, its owner has not been located despite reasonable inquiries by the inspector, the latter may sell the animal, give it away or have it euthanized or slaughtered on the conditions and in the manner prescribed by regulation.
Ownership of the animal sold or given away passes to the person to whom it was sold or given.