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1938: Ansty dalmations guilty of killing chickens

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 26 July 1938


DALMATIANS AND CHICKEN CUCKFIELD.

Herbert Seymour Hotblack, Deakes, Wyllies Lane, Cuckfield, was summoned for failing to keep three Dalmatians under proper control on June 16th.—


Defendant pleaded not guilty.


Dalmation with chickens (courtesy of Shutterstock)

Alice Anscombe, The Shanty, Wyllies Lane, told how she saw a Dalmatian with a bird in its mouth by a pen in an adjoining field where there was a chicken farm belonging to Mr. Cecil V. Pluckrose. Two other Dalmatians were scratching at the pen. Witness found there were two chicken dead.


P.C. Paviour gave evidence of accompanying the previous witness when she identified the three dogs.


Mr Pluckrose, The Shanty, Lane, the owner of the chickens, said he valued them 4s. a head.—


Defendant said the fowls on Mr. Pluckrose's land ran about all over the place. He had paid Mr. Pluckrose on previous occasions for chicken which had been killed, and he had no intention of not paying on this occasion. The dogs were away for two or three minutes, and it was quite possible that they might have killed the chicken.—


Defendant pleaded guilty to failing to keep a dangerous dog under proper control on July 10th.—


An order was made for the dogs to be kept under proper control and for the payment of £1 3s. 6d. costs.

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