In 1805 the town evidently had troubles with animals running loose. By-laws established that stallion colts, one year or older, should not run at large under penalty of $2; that rams should not run at large under penalty of $2; that hogs, pigs and sows should not run at large under penalty of 50 cents. If anyone should catch the animals that were running at large, they were authorized, if no one claimed them within six days, to put them in the pound.
Horses, sheep and geese should not be free commoners. If they did any damage, they could also be confined to the pound, whether the fence was lawful or unlawful. Roaming animals were a problem and many laws had to do with them or fences to detain. At this same 4 April, I783, meeting a description of a fence was given. All fences should be four feet six inches high made of good stuff and well laid. No hole from the earth three feet upward should be more than six inches and from that to the top should not exceed 12 inches. It would be deemed unlawful to impound any creature which was deemed a commoner unless the field in which such creature be enclosed with a fence of the above dimensions.
Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – October 5, 1978