Perhaps this wouldn’t have been such a big offence if the dog hadn’t been part of the hunt.
“At the Guildford County Bench on Saturday Frederick Charles Fairs, of Broadbridge Heath, was charged on a summons with stealing a small wire-haired terrier, value £10, the property of Ned Farmer, on April 4.
“The dog was used by the Chiddingfold Hunt as a working terrier and was missing after being chained up at Mill Farm, Cranleigh.
“Evidence was given the defendant was with the dog at Wheatsheaf Inn, Ellens Green. It was found on the day the summons was served on defendant.
“The Chairman (Col H. Richards) said it was a case of great suspicion, but there was some doubt and it would be dismissed.”