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Massachusetts General Laws Annotated. Part I. Administration of the Government. Title XX. Public Safety and Good Order. Chapter 134. Lost Goods and Stray Beasts.

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Citation: MA ST 134 1 - 7

Citation: M.G.L.A. 134 1 - 7


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2014

Summary:   This section comprises Massachusetts' Lost Goods and Stray Beasts Act.


Statute in Full:

 

§ 1. Report of lost money or goods by finder

§ 2. Stray beasts; report of finding

§ 3. Restitution of property

§ 4. Rights of finder if no owner appears

§ 5. Auction of stray beasts; notice

§ 6. Rights of owner and finder of stray beasts

§ 7. Taking away stray beasts without paying lawful charges

 

 

§ 1. Report of lost money or goods by finder

Any person who finds lost money or goods of the value of three dollars or more, the owner of which is unknown, shall within two days report the finding thereof to the officer in charge at a police station in the town where said property was found, or, if there is no police station, post notice thereof in two public places therein, or, instead of such report or posting, cause notice thereof to be advertised in a newspaper published therein.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

C.L. c. 142, § 1.

St.1698, c. 9, § 1.

St.1727-8, c. 6, § 1.

St.1788, c. 55, § 1.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 1.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 1.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 1.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 1.

St.1918, c. 257, § 324.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 2. Stray beasts; report of finding

Except as otherwise provided in chapter one hundred and thirty-three, any person who takes up a stray beast shall report, post or advertise the finding thereof, in the manner provided in the preceding section, giving a description of the color and the natural and artificial marks of such beast; otherwise he shall not be entitled to compensation for any expenses which he may incur relative thereto.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

C.L. c. 142, § 1.

St.1698, c. 9, §§ 1, 2.

St.1788, c. 55, § 1.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 2.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 2.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 2.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 2.

St.1918, c. 257, § 325.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 3. Restitution of property

If, within three months after the finding of stray beasts, or within one year after the finding of lost money or goods, the owner appears and, except as otherwise provided in section two, pays all reasonable expenses incurred by the finder in keeping such goods or beasts and in complying with this chapter, he shall have restitution of the money, goods or beasts.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

C.L. c. 142, § 3.

St.1698, c. 9, § 3.

St.1788, c. 55, § 3.

St.1827, c. 74, § 2.

R.S.1836, c. 56, §§ 5, 7.

G.S.1860, c. 79, §§ 5, 7.

P.S.1882, c. 95, §§ 5, 7.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 4.

St.1918, c. 257, § 327.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 4. Rights of finder if no owner appears

If the owner of lost money or goods does not appear within one year after the finding thereof, they shall enure to the finder, provided he has complied with section one.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

St.1788, c. 55, § 3.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 6.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 6.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 6.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 5.

St.1918, c. 257, § 328.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 5. Auction of stray beasts; notice

If the owner of stray beasts does not appear within three months after the finding thereof and prove title thereto, the finder may sell them by public auction, first giving notice of such sale, at least four days before the time of sale, in two public places in the town where the beasts were found.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

St.1815, c. 1, § 1.

St.1827, c. 74, § 2.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 8.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 8.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 8.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 6.

St.1918, c. 257, § 329.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 6. Rights of owner and finder of stray beasts

If the owner of stray beasts appears within one year after the finding thereof, and proves title thereto, he shall, if they have not been sold under the preceding section, have restitution thereof upon payment, except as provided in section two, of all reasonable expenses incurred by the finder in keeping such beasts and in complying with this chapter; but if they have been sold he shall be entitled to receive the proceeds of the sale after deducting the expenses aforesaid. If no such owner appears within said year the beasts, or the proceeds, shall enure to the finder, provided he has complied with this chapter.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

C.L. c. 142, § 3.

St.1698, c. 9, § 3.

St.1788, c. 55, § 3.

St.1815, c. 1, § 2.

St.1827, c. 74, § 2.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 9.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 9.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 9.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 7.

St.1918, c. 257, § 330.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 

§ 7. Taking away stray beasts without paying lawful charges

Any person who takes away a beast taken up as a stray, without paying all lawful charges in relation thereto, shall forfeit to the finder double the amount of such charges, but not more than the value of the beast at the time of such taking away.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2002 Main Volume

C.L. c. 142, § 4.

St.1698, c. 9, § 4.

St.1788, c. 55, § 5.

R.S.1836, c. 56, § 11.

G.S.1860, c. 79, § 11.

P.S.1882, c. 95, § 11.

R.L.1902, c. 94, § 9.

St.1918, c. 257, § 332.

St.1919, c. 5.

St.1920, c. 2.

 



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