Ordinance, 29 June 1843–B

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An Ordinance concerning confining or keeping Animals in the City of .
Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of , that if any person shall confine any Animal in any manner, or place, within the limits of said for the purpose of increasing the passions, or ferocity of said Animal, for any purpose, or keep any animal knowing the same to be possessed of ferocious or evil habits, whereby the life or limb of any person or animal, may be put in jeopardy, or in danger of life or limb, by the acts of such Animal, such person shall be subject to a fine of twenty five dollars, and the Animal may be killed by any Person, in any place, without notice.
Sec. 2. If any person shall keep any Animal for exhibition or for any purpose whereby passions are excited, and modesty, decency, or virtue are affected, such Person shall be fined twenty five dollars, and the Animal disposed of by the Marshal, for the benefit of the , The fines to be recovered before the Mayor or any Alderman of the .
Sec. 3. And be it further ordained that no Animals except Cows, Calves, Sheep, Goats, and harmless and inoffensive dogs, shall be suffered to run at large, as free commoners, within the limits of this , under a penalty of from five to twenty five dollars, at the discretion of the Mayor or Alderman, and the Animals liable for the penalty unless redeemed.
Sec. 4. And be it further ordained that the Marshal is hereby authorized, and empowered, and required to carry the foregoing ordinance into effect, and to provide a good and sufficient Yard or Pound suitable for the confinement of disorderly animals, or such as may be actionable under the ordinances; and he is further authorized to draw on the treasury for and use any monies in the treasury (except the Recorders Orders,) to [p. 184] to defray the expences of erecting the before mentioned Yard or Pound, and for a failure or neglect of duty he shall be subject to the same fine of the offender in the three preceding Sections.
Sec. 5. And be it further Ordained that the Marshal shall furnish keeping for said Animals so impounded, and immediately give notice of the same by Posting three handbills in some of the most public places in the , and if the owner appear not for the redemption of such Animal or Animals within three days he shall sell the same at Auction to the highest bidder and pay expence and fines from the avails of said sale, (the fees and compensation for his services to be the same as in the Ordinance respecting Swine, passed in this ,) and the remainder shall go into the City treasury unless claimed by the owner of said animals within one year.
Sec. 6. Be it further Ordained that the Marshal shall carry this Ordinance into effect under the penalty of the loss of office. This Ordinance to be in force from and after its passage.
Passed June 29th. 1843.
, Presdt., pro, Tem.
, Recorder. [p. 185]