Multi Use Mastiffs

I have just discovered that those huge mastiff dogs were not just for scaring and attacking people.

They were kept at tanneries – possibly the smelliest places ever, where the rotting flesh, rancid fat, and tubs of human and animal waste must have been near unbearable, especiallly in summer.

The mastiffs were used to eat the flesh off the hides, to eat the rats that were attracted to the festering hides, and their excrement was used in the tanning vats.

Lovely!

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