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Thirsty dogs, it was said, would also lick up the ‘putrid matter’ (urine and faeces) from the street or their kennels, and that once in their body putrefaction would follow. And a poison created by thirst in the dog might produce the opposite in humans – an aversion to drinking. On this notion, as in every other, veterinary opinion was divided. 53 But the experience of rabies in successive years seemed to confirm the link between heat, thirst, and the disease, especially as in the summer months there were more dogs at large, towns were more crowded, and the streets more polluted and fetid.

44 He dismissed spontaneous generation first by analogy, comparing rabies with smallpox and syphilis in human medicine, where it was accepted that the virus was always transmitted and was not repeatedly created anew. Indeed, the evidence was that rabies was perhaps the oldest of all known diseases as it seemed to have been described by the Egyptians. Next, he contested specific instances of spontaneous generation stating, ‘in nineteen cases out of twenty the inoculation can be proved. ’45 The assumption of monomania was evident again as the dog was said to be ‘bent on destruction’; indeed, Youatt argued that the poison transformed dogs, making them behave like criminals.

Owners of dog pits argued that they had reformed their business and that it had diminished in scale, such that there were now only four pits remaining in London. They also stated that the pits had become more respectable. 17 Indeed, Roach claimed that there was no cruelty; he said that he always made fair fights by matching dogs by weight, and that good dogs were valuable assets, and hence, they were well fed, exercised, and used for breeding. William Hemmings, a dog doctor and dog-trader, also claimed that fights were not cruel as a dog could not be made to fight, though questioning revealed that part of his business was attending to injured dogs.

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