139. Powers in relation to animals in distress.

If an inspector1 or a constable2 reasonably believes that a protected animal3 is suffering4, he may take, or arrange for the taking of, such steps as appear to him to be immediately necessary to alleviate the animal's suffering5. This does not, however, authorise destruction of an animal6.

If a veterinary surgeon7 certifies that the condition of a protected animal is such that it should in its own interests be destroyed, an inspector or a constable may destroy the animal where it is or take it to another place and destroy it there, or arrange for the doing of any of