Poor pig !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th March 1914

By Daryk A

At Hertford Borough Sessions, Henry Wright, of Pegs Lane, was charged with cruelty to a pig on 14th March.

Inspector Ellis of the RSPCA stated that on the afternoon in question the defendant had been driving about 20 pigs out of the market when one of them, a sow, turned back, whereupon the defendant struck it a violent blow on the nose with a heavy stick.  The pig staggered, stopped, and its nose bled freely.

Police Sergeant Wood said that he saw the defendant strike the blow, and that he had had to caution the defendant about the same kind of thing previously.  The defendant said that he did not strike the pig, but that it had been struck on the nose by a youth named Sparks.

There were 10 previous convictions for various offences, and the defendant was fined 10s.

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