Section 1 from Chapter 96 of Massachusetts General Laws of 1859 covers cruelty to animals. Specifically, the law covers what qualifies as cruelty to animals and the punishment for it.
Supplement to the Revised Statutes of Massachusetts
[R.S. ch. 130, Section 22.]
AN ACT TO PREVENT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
SECTION 1. Every person who shall cruelly beat, maim, or torture any animal, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail or house of correction not more than one year, or by a fine, not exceeding one hundred dollars.
SECTION 2. The twenty-second section of the one hundred and thirtieth chapter of the Revised Statutes is hereby repealed. [March 14, 1859.]