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ESTRAYS. Cattle whose owner is unknown.
     2. In the United States, generally, it is presumed by local regulations, they are subject to, being sold for the benefit of the poor, of some other public use, of the place where found.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Estrays was forced to live on the street because his mother did not have a house of her own and the place where she lived belonged to her employer.
Estrays said he lived on the streets for over 10 years, until he was approached by social workers who introduced him to an after school programme where they were taught carpentry.
Also, his mother was lucky to get a house from her employers and Estrays moved in with his family in 1998.
Estrays remarked that it was not easy to leave the streets, especially when his sisters did all they could to make him feel as if he was not part of the family.
Before he secured a spot in the Post Street mall area, Estrays sometimes sold his works on the streets and police would chase him away because it is illegal.
Today, one of State Records' core legislative responsibilities is ensuring that official records are no longer placed at risk of becoming 'estrays', either now or in the future.
From time to time this role involves receiving or recovering important estrays from private organisations or persons.
As the number of strays waned, however, so did the number of Courts of Estrays.
"At one time a sheep could walk all the way between Llandudno and Cardiff without coming across a fence," said Allen Pugh, a retired detective sergeant who now presides over the Denbighshire Courts of Estrays. "So there was plenty of scope for sheep to get lost.
Not only did they help prevent rustling, they identified stray sheep: Mr Pugh's subsequent employment as a Court of Estrays steward was always a logical step.