In 1799, the yearly Scipio Town meeting had two resolutions. First, it was resolved that Hoggs (yes, the 4-legged kind) be not free commoners unless sufficiently yoked. And second, all sheep rams found running at large after the first day of September until the tenth day of November, the owners were to forfeit the sum of three dollars, payable to the Poor Masters.
In 1799, three dollars was a lot of money! According to the website http://www.austintxgensoc.org/calculatecpi.php,
Three dollars in 1799 are equivalent to $48.80 in 2008. That is enough to make you pay attention to the rules!