Animals may only be seized and rehomed in accordance with the law. The relevant legislation relating to dogs is the Control of Dogs Act 1986. Section 11 of that Act provides for local authorities to rehome stray dogs within the circumstances set down in that section. That legislation is the responsibility of my colleague Seán Canney T.D., Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development.
Animal sanctuaries do not operate under an express legislative basis and their powers accordingly are limited. They do not have the right to rehome animals without the consent of the owner. Furthermore, Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001 makes it an offence for a person who has no right to deprive the owner of property.