§ 4-14-18. Appraisal in action for damages against owner of animals.
If the aggrieved person proceeds by action against the owner or keeper of the trespassing beasts, he or she shall get two (2) disinterested inhabitants of the city or town where the trespass was committed to appraise the damages and to give him or her a certificate, in writing, under their hands, which certificate shall be attached to his or her writ and makes an essential part of the writ; and under no circumstances shall he or she recover from the defendant in the action, unless the appraisal and certificate are made within ten (10) days after the time the trespass was committed, nor then to a greater amount of damages than the amount named in the certificate.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 129, § 17; G.L. 1909, ch. 155, § 17; G.L. 1923, ch. 185, § 17; G.L. 1938, ch. 642, § 17; G.L. 1956, § 4-14-18.)