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Loyal’s first-ever village ordinance was aimed at the animals

Loyal City Ordinance #1 Approved May 16, 1893

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Loyal do ordain: Section 1: No horse, mule, coat gelding, mare, calf, heifer, ox, stag, steer, bull, goat, sheep or other meat cattle or swine shall be permitted to lie or run at large, at any season of the year, in any of the streets or alleys in the village of Loyal.

Section 2: It is hereby made the duty of the Village Marshal, calling to his aid such assistance as he may require, to take up any and all such animals running at large contrary to the provisions of this ordinance, and keep the same in some suitable place to be provided to him at the expense of the village, which place is hereby declared and adopted as the public pound of the village, and to properly feed, water and care for the same.

Section 3: Any person may and all persons are hereby authorized to take up all animals running at large contrary to the provisions of this ordinance and deliver them to the village marshal, who shall receive the same as though taken up by him or under his directions, and such persons shall receive the same fees for taking up as is allowed to the village marshal and to be paid by the marshal upon redemption or sale of the same.

Section 4: The marshal upon taking up or receiving any animals mentioned in Section One, shall advertise the same by posting up one written or printed notice in a conspicuous place on the outside of the doors of of the town hall in the village of Loyal, which notice shall contain a brief description of the animal and that the same will be sold on a certain day not less than six days from the date of notice, giving the place and hour of sale, unless redeemed.

Section 5: The marshall shall be entitled to receive and collect as costs and fees as follows: — For each horse, mule, colt, gelding, mare, calf or steer-bull, cow or heifer taken up — fifty cents.

— For each swine, goat or sheep taken up — twentyfi ve cents — For each animal or each swine, sheep or goat sold — twenty-five cents, besides a reasonable compensation for the care and the actual cost of feeding the same.

Section 6: The owners or other person entitled to do so may redeem any animal so distrained at any time before sale thereof by paying to the marshal all the costs, expenses and any fees, as provided in Section 5 of this ordinance.

Section 7: Should the animals so distrained be not redeemed as provided for in Section 6, they shall be sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and the marshal shall pay over to the village treasurer the surplus, if any, after deducting all cash and expenses, taking in receipt therefore, and shall keep a correct account of all monies received, of all disbursements made by him and make a report thereof together with the name of the owner if known, or any and all animals distrained by him when required by the Board of Trustees.

Section 8: All monies received by the village treasurer on account of the sale of animals shall be kept subject to the order of the owner of the same, and shall not be paid out for any other purpose except on order of the Board of Trustees.