62. Unlawful release of impounded animals.

At common law pound-breach is an indictable offence, though it may perhaps be regarded as virtually obsolete. It consists in the forcible release of cattle or other animals lawfully placed in a proper pound1, or in forcibly damaging or destroying the pound with that object2.

Where the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 applies3, every person who releases or attempts to release any cattle from any pound or place where they are impounded, or who pulls down, damages, or destroys such pound or place, or any part thereof, with intent to procure the unlawful release of such cattle, is liable on