Keep'em leashed!

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100th Anniversary
A register of dogs for Kent County from 1879 to 1881.

Keep’em Leashed

They even taxed the dogs! An act was passed in 1875 for taxing dogs for the purpose of reimbursing anyone that lost lambs or sheep from a dog. The book that the Kent County Levy Court used is dated 1889 to 1924 with the owners name along with the dog and description. In 1906, twenty-seven dogs were registered in Kent County.
This book is in the Kent County Clerk of the Peace collection. The clerk of the Peace was an important office in county government since he served as clerk to the Levy Court, Court of General Sessions, Court of Oyer and Terminer and Juvenile Court. Many state and all county licenses were issued from this office. Documents related to those courts can be found in this collection