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Pound-breach Act 1843

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Pound-breach Act 1843

1843 CHAPTER 30

An Act to amend the Law relating to Pound-breach and Rescue in certain Cases.

[12th July 1843]

Be it enactedby the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That in case any Person or Persons shall release or attempt to release any Horse, Ass, Sheep, Swine, or other Beast or Cattle, which shall be lawfully seized for the Purpose of being impounded, in consequence of having been found wandering, straying, or lying or being depastured on any inclosed Land without the Consent of the Owner or Occupier of such inclosed Land, from the Pound or Place where the same shall be so impounded, or on the Way to or from any such Pound or Place, or shall pull down, damage, or destroy the same Pound or Place, or any Part thereof, or any Lock or Bolt belonging thereto or with which the same shall be fastened, every Person so offending shall, upon Conviction thereof before any Two of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace, forfeit and pay any Sum not exceeding Five Pounds, together with reasonable Charges and Expences, or in default thereof be committed by such Justices, by Warrant under their Hands and Seals, to the House of Correction of the County wherein the said Offence shall have been committed, there to be kept to hard Labour for any Time not exceeding Three Calendar Months nor less than Fourteen Days, unless such Sum of Money and Costs as aforesaid shall be sooner paid; and it shall be lawful for the said Justices to award the Whole or any Portion of such Penalty to the Person or Persons on whose Behalf such Cattle were distrained.

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