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Monmouthshire Merlin, 1847

Saturday 23 January 1847

USK. MAD DOGS.-A man residing in the hamlet of Glascoed, named William (editor note: burial records, show this was actually John) Holloway died last week in awful agony from hydrophobia, being actually obliged to be chained to the bedstead. He has left a wife and several children. He was bitten about two months since by a dog in a rabid state, and ten or twelve other persons were bitten by the dog at the same time. Several mad dogs have been known to be at large in the neighbourhood of Usk during the last two or three months. Mr. Morgan, of Kemeys Commander, recently lost some fine cattle, which had been attacked and bitten by one of those rabid animals and last week a mad dog was killed near Usk bridge turnpike, while a few days subsequently, a person was bitten at night in Usk by a dog which has since been destroyed. We would on this occasion earnestly call the attention of the authorities of Usk, to the unpardonable conduct of those persons who still permit their dogs, which they are convinced have been bitten by others in a rabid state, to roam at large, to the imminent peril of the public. The dogs of a person residing between Usk and Pontypool have been thus bitten, but no care was at first taken to prevent mischief and since then, three of them at intervals went mad, and were then shot, but this person has other dogs, which are still at large, though it may justly be apprehended they are also infected. We could enumerate many such instances, and we are only surprised that the foolish parties are not sufficiently alive to their own safety, to cause them to destroy their dangerous animals before it be too late. The number of dogs kept in Usk has been the constant cause of complaint by the inhabitants and visitors, who express astonishment that persons in indigent circumstances should still have the means of keeping such a horde of yelling, savage, "sporting" curs. We think if the surveyor and assessors were rigidly to levy the tax upon the owners of those useless and dangerous pests, the town would speedily get rid of them altogether.



GLASCOED.—This neglected hamlet has hitherto been without a school or place of worship, of any description; but we understand the Rev. Vicar of Usk has kindly come forward, and is obtaining a subscription to erect a church and school; by dint of persevering endeavours he has collected about £150. The inhabitants are at present obliged to go three or four miles to a place of worship and it is really hoped that the worthy Vicar of Usk will succeed in his praiseworthy undertaking.