Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal control in the District of Columbia from the beginnings to about 1940, Hayden M. Wetzel (2019)
Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal control in the District of Columbia from the beginnings to about 1940 is a detailed study of animal control (control of farm and pet animals in public places) in Washington DC, from 1791 to the early 1940s, both by the District government (police and pound) and voluntary organizations (humane and shelter groups).
Besides control and impounding of stray animals, the work describes efforts -- governmental and private -- to curb cruelty to animals, and also the history of collection of dead animals from city streets. A full list of laws, regulations and court decisions affecting these issues is given in an appendix as well as forty pages of statistics underpinning the narrative.
The work also includes many amusing anecdotes (capturing Pres. Grant's cow; the pound crew attacked by furious hog owners) and information on such ancillary topics as dog-fighting, abattoirs, muzzle types, and fashionable breeds of dogs.
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For a peek inside at the cover and table of contents (176 KB) and Part Two: Part Two: The Territorial and Early Commissioner Period (1871-1912) (8.7 MB), see the attached pdf files.