Apparently cleanliness wasn't next to godliness for beasts of burden in the City of Boston.
An Ordinance for the regulation of Horses and Carriages within the City of Boston. [Passed Sept. 9, 1833.]
Sec. 2. Be it futher ordained, That no person whatsoever shall sit or stand, in or upon any carriage, or on any beast harnessed thereto with intent to drive the same, unless he shall have strong reins, or lines fastened to the bridle of said beast, and held in his hands, sufficient to guide and restrain such beast from running, galloping, or going at immoderate rates throught the streets, lanes and alleys of the city; and no person whatsoever, driving any such carriage, or riding upon any beast, in or through the streets, lanes or alleys aforesaid, shall suffer the said beast to go in a gallop or other immoderate gait.
[Sections 3-17 omitted, ed.]
Sec. 18. Be it futher ordained, That no person shall unreasonably or cruelly beat or otherwise use or abuse any horse or other beast, under his care, within the City of Boston; and no person shall be permitted, or allowed to lead, drive or ride, any horse, or other beast of burden to any pond, or to any part of the sea, or to any other public place, to be washed up on the Lord's Day. And no person shall turn any other beast of burden loose within the City of Boston, or voluntarily permit or suffer the same to go at large therein.
Sec. 19. Be it futher ordained, That whoever shall offend against any provision of the aforegoing section, or either of them, shall forfeit and pay for each offence a sum not less than one dollar nor more than twenty dollars, to be recovered by complaint before the Justices of the Police Court.