Vermont's anti-cruelty law from 1854
1854 - 1855
No. 51. - AN ACT TO PUNISH CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont, as follows:
SECTION 1. Every person who shall cruelly beat or torture any horse of ox, or other animal, whether belonging to himself or not, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than one year, or by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or both of said punishments, in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.
Approved, November 2, 1846.