On Detaining Poultry Thieves in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is legal for the owner of poultry to detain a poultry thief who “breaks or enters in the night” for “not more than twenty-four hours, Sunday excepted, until a complaint can be made against him for the offence[sic].” This is a felony that carries a penalty of up to three years in state prison or a steep $250 fine.