1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Interpretation


Pounds and Pound Keepers

   4   Pounds vested in the Parish Councils

   5   Expenses of pounds and pound fees

   6   Poland keeper, his appointment and removal

   7   Power to make rules


Seizure and Impounding of Animals

   8   Power to impound animal trespassing. Duties of distrainor

   9   Distrainor may claim seizure fees

   10   Duties of the pound keeper and of the person taking animal to the pound

   11   Pound keeper to sense notice on the owner of animal impounded

   12   Payments to be made to pound keeper by the owner of the animal impounded

   13   Animals to be kept separate

   14   Animals to be supplied with food and water

   15   Parish Council to make contracts for supply of food and water

   16   Returns of pound keepers

   17   Sums in hand to be paid to Secretary

   18   Provisions as to diseased animals

   19   Appointment of examining officer

      Disposal of animals

   20   Power to destroy unfit animals


Sale of Impounded Stock

   21   Publication of list of impounded animals.

   22   Sale of animals in the pound

   23   Title obtained on such sale

   24   Conditions on which owner entitled to have impounded animal restored

   25   Owner of animal sold entitled to net proceeds in certain events

   26   If proceeds of sale insufficient to pay expenses owner liable to pay balance



   27   Sheep, goats, kids, hogs, pigs, and poultry trespassing may be killed

      Grounds for killing animals

   28   Enticing animal to trespass to be impounded an offence

   29   Duties and liabilities of distrainor. Liability of Parish Council for death of animals in certain events

   30   Offences by distrainors and pound keepers

   31   How distrainor may deal with diseased animals

   32   Offence to rescue or attempt to rescue seized or impounded animals

   33   Offence to send animals in such a way as to unnecessarily increase expense

   34   Penalties

   35   Recovery of penalties



   36   Regulations


Special Powers of Enforcement and Administration


   37   Punishment for offence under section 30, 32 or 33

   38   Fixed penalties




[Date of Commencement: 31st May, 1897]

Cap 302.

27 of 1979,
33 of 1988,
40 of 1995,
16 of 2003.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Pound Act.

2   Interpretation

   All references in this Act to Parish Councils shall, in the cases of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew be deemed to refer to and to mean the Council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation appointed and constituted under the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act.

3   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "animal" means any horse, mare, gelding, foal, colt, filly, mule, ass, bull ox, cow, steer, heifer, calf, sheep, lamb, goat, kid, hog, pig;

   "distrainor," means the owner of any land trespassed on or any servant or other person seizing or detaining with the owner's authority any animal trespassing on land;

   "owner of animal" means the owner in possession or person in charge of any animal trespassing on land;

   "owner of land" means the owner, lessee, occupier, of land trespassed on and their respective servants or agents in charge of such land;

   "pound" means any public pound established under this Act;

   "prohibited area" or "restricted area" means an area specified as such in an order made under section 3(1)(a) or (b), as the case may be, of the Keeping of Animals Act.

[16/2003 s 2.]

Pounds and Pound Keepers (sections 4-7)

4   Pounds vested in the Parish Councils

   (1) All pounds already in existence shall be vested in and shall be under the control of the Parish Council of the parish in which the same are situated. It shall be lawful for a Parish Council to erect additional pounds on convenient sites when necessary and to close existing pounds or remove them to any other place in the parish where the Council shall consider a pond is more required.

[16/2003 s 3(a).]

   (2) A Parish Council may-

   (a)   from time to time make arrangements or contracts with companies registered under the Companies Act or with other persons to establish, maintain or operate a pound under this Act; and

   (b)   grant a licence to a company registered under the Companies Act or other person to operate a pound under this Act.

[16/2003 s 3(b).]

   (3) Every licence granted by a Parish Council under this section may be granted on such terms and subject to such conditions as the Parish Council may specify in the licence.

[16/2003 s 3(b).]

5   Expenses of pounds and pound fees

   The cost of the erection and maintenance of a pound operated by a Parish Council shall be a charge upon that parish and all pound fees and moneys received by the pound keeper as such shall be paid to the Secretary of the Parish Council.

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