Section 64A of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Animals Surrendered by Owners and is extracted below.
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64A Animals surrendered by owners may be sold or destroyed
(1) A council may at any time sell or destroy a surrendered animal if the animal was surrendered by its owner to the council pound.
(2) Before destroying a surrendered animal as authorised by subsection (1), it is the duty of the council concerned to consider whether there is an alternative action to that of destroying the animal and (if practicable) to adopt any such alternative.
(3) This section does not authorise a council to sell a dangerous or restricted dog.