Recently local farmers have taken to attaching bells to the necks of three or four sheep in their flocks which seems to keep sheep-killing dogs away, Dogs who kill sheep belong to the mongrel class and they have a yellow streak in their blood. Claims presented to the Warrensburgh Town Board for sheep killed by dogs in 1909 amounted to $134, an allowance of $114 was made and there is still another case pending. (Note: apparently in bygone days, the town compensated sheep killed by canine marauders.)
The life work of any dog, whether blue blood or not, should be cut short if caught in the shameful act of chasing sheep. It is alright to chase cats because a cat is a cruel, merciless marauder who kills song birds. To kill rats in an infested barn is also alright. A man who keeps a dog should be responsible for the conduct of that dog at all times and the place for a dog is at home.
(Note...only dogs intelligent enough to understand the rules must have survived in those days. Not chasing deer most certainly would have been also some where buried in a dog's contract and it would have been tough on a mutt that couldn't read and was used to doing what came naturally.)