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General Court. Act declaring the causes for the impounding of cattle, 1824
In 1824, this Act directed each Town, at its expense, to build four animal pens and have people on standby to staff them. Swine, sheep, horses, and
neat cattle that escaped from their home fields were to be rounded up and impounded. If the owners were known, they were notified to come and bail out
their animals; fees were set. People whose fields had been damaged by wandering animals could ask the pound keeper to capture and detain the
offending animal and could sue the owner for damages. Each pound keeper was to maintain a registry of the animals he corralled. If no one came forward to
claim the animals, they could be sold and the proceeds went into each Town's poor fund. If anyone tried to rescue or steal animals in a pound, the
person was in big trouble. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four. : An act declaring the causes for which cattle may be impounded, the manner how they shall be proceeded with in such cases, and for preventing rescue and pound breach.
OCLC Number:   1350858901
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