The Estray Act of 27 Mar 1897 provided that anyone that found any estray or domestic animal upon his property or on the roadway adjacent to his property may take the animal into possession and have a statutory lien on the animal for all the expenses incurred for its care.
The person who is holding the estray must file a notice with the Department of Agriculture within 5 days of impounding it.
An authorized inspector could take possession of the animal. The inspector must try to find the owner and turn the animal over in exchange for the handling expenses. If the owner did not come forward within 14 days the animal could be sold with the net proceeds (after paying the expenses) going to the Dept of Agriculture. The owner could claim the net proceeds within a year.
Some of the Estray Notices filed in San Mateo County can be found in various drawers in the County Record Depository. Here is an index of those found to date.
|5||1910||Barron, Andrew S||Owl Dairy - Beresford 2nd township||4 calves|
|5||1907||Conti Bros.||Colma||one mare, 2 yr old colt, 6 m old colt held for damages to yard|
|5||1909||Corey & Rease||Pebble Beach Hotel Pescadero||1 sow 2 barrow black|
|5||1909||Cramer, Charles||Belle Air Park San Bruno||Roan Colt|
|5||1902||Dotta, Louis||Ranch north of Pescadero||2 year old heifer|
|5||1910||Emhoff, Frank||Ranch Pescadero||dark bob tailcow|
|5||1905||Enos, Manuel||South San Francisco||2 wk calf|
|5||1898||Gillogley, Peter||San Pedro||bay mare about 8|
|5||1903||Greene, B S||Colma||bay mare|
|5||1903||Griffin, M S||Colma in potato field||3 heifers|
|5||1897||Hall, Asa||San Carlos||bay colt|
|5||1904||Marceau, F||Lake San Andreas||sorrel colt|
|5||1908||Picaso, Andrew||Ranch Pescadero||Bull and Heifer|
|5||1902||Regley, CP||Twelve Mile House||black horse about 8|
|5||1897||Silva C||Ranch near San Bruno on mission road||red milch cow|
|5||1896||Wilber A||appraisal of lost property - Bicycle|
|61||1918||Holberton, George||NW Side of Whipple 1 mile from RC||55284A and 55325- 43 Holstein|
|61||1940||SF Union Stock Yards||81441|
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