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Thursday, 23 February 2017


1752 Bitton Gloucester, Aug 1. 

This week the following melancholy affair happen’d in the village of Bitton. DOGGETT, a labouring man, was employ’d to kill a cat, to effect which he took the animal by the hind legs and dash’d his head against a wall, then the cat immediately seiz’d him by the hand, and bit and tore it most terribly.

 At last, however the cat was mashed to a pulp, and the poor fellow apply’d to a surgeon with his hand, but his blood was so poison’d by the venom of the cat, that he dy’d on Thursday in the afternoon from Hydrophobia a slow and painful death.

(info source The Bath Chronicler)

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