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1837: Rabid dog runs amok in Cuckfield

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 01 June 1837

On Friday last a dog passed through this place in a highly rapid state, and bit several of the dogs in the town and neighbourhood; he proceeded from hence to Bolney, frequently travelling out of the road into the fields, and back again to the road; he was followed by only one person, Mr Edmund Jenner, Butcher of this place who rode on horseback and whose conduct was most praiseworthy, calling out to every person he saw, and warning them of the danger.

A rabid dog ran through Cuckfield

Several children we understand, were thus saved from the attack of the savage animal. A sow, a pig, and a goose, belonging to Mr Bechen of Bolney, were bitten; and he reached as far as Mr Sharp's at Keymer, before Mr Jenner succeeded in destroying him.

Magistrates in petty sessions on Monday ordered several notices to be placed in the most conspicuous places in the town, stating “that all dogs found running about the town will be liable to be shot”.

This order is a very salutary one, as the place is much infested with dogs, of no use what ever, but which are on the contrary a great nuisance to foot passengers passing through.



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