(1) Notwithstanding section 46, but subject to subsection (2), if—
(a) any Justice, constable, Inspector of Stock, or registered veterinarian (being a person not interested in the matter) certifies in writing that an impounded animal—
(b) the local authority having jurisdiction over the pound is unable to find the owner of the animal within a reasonable time after the Justice, constable, Inspector of Stock, or registered veterinarian has given such a certificate,—
the local authority may arrange for the destruction of the animal and the disposal of the carcass in such manner as it thinks fit.
(3) Any proceeds from the sale of a carcass of an animal destroyed under subsection (1) must be dealt with in the same manner as is provided in sections 54, 55, and 65 in respect of the proceeds of the sale of impounded stock.