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)