Mexborough and Swinton Times July 8, 1895
Dogs – Muzzles, Biting and Fighting
Andrew Dennis, a miner, of new Conisbrough, left his dog out in June 25th without a muzzle, for which he had to pay 10s.
Urena Harthill, a widow, of Firbeck Street, new Conisbrough, has a dog which is a bit of a terror to the neighbours, and the police asked for an order to be made for the defendant to keep the animal under proper control.
Evidence was given by Annie Flannery, who was twice bitten by the animal, which twice flew at her, and the lad named James Cremer, the dog also having taken a fancy to put its teeth in his coat sleeves.
The order was made.
On June 12th PC Lund. In company with Sgt. Horton, was on duty in Denaby Road, Conisbrough, when their notice was attracted by a crowd. On going up to see what was the matter they found two dogs fighting, and Edwin Whitworth, foreman moulder and George Rollitt. Miner, both of New Conisbrough, urging them on. A man in the crowd tried to separate the animals, and Whitworth struck him and used bad language, saying “let the dogs fight.” The Constable asked the defenders to separate the animals but they declined. Rollitt encouraging the dogs to go on.
The police had to get buckets of water to separate the dogs. Defendant then went away, but had not gone far before they started the animals fighting again. They were then told that the matter would be reported
Sgt Horton corroborated the above and Inspector Bone (RSPCA) gave evidence as to the injuries sustained by the animals
Mr. W. Baddiley appeared to prosecute on behalf of the RSPCA
The defendants were each fined 40s and costs.