Black Shuck and other Devil Dog reports

 
Incorporeal Hound

Location: Redcross (County Wicklow) - Country lane in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1952
Further Comments: A woman walking home tried to pat a black dog which appeared and padded along beside her. Her hand passed straight through the creature, and it vanished a few moments later.


 
Dog under Horses' Hooves

Location: Reydon (Suffolk) - Road near Reydon Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Shuck 1900s, and coach mid 1800s?
Further Comments: A couple in a trap encountered the Shuck, and it ran under their horses. The driver tried to hit the black dog with his whip, but it passed straight through the creature. The same area is also haunted by a phantom coach, being driven at breakneck speed.


 
Combusting Dog

Location: Risca (Gwent) - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shuck which lurked here transformed itself into a raging fire, the size of a field, in order to scare a local man into respecting the Sabbath.


 
Pack of Hounds

Location: River Tamar (Devon) - River banks
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Sunday mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This vicious pack of dogs belonged to a rogue priest, who let them free to hunt and kill what ever they found. Another legend says the Devil did not dare cross this river into Cornwall, as he feared the Cornish would turn him into a pie. Finally, a myth states that the river was a nymph named Tamara who was turned into a spring by her father, angered by her flirting with a couple of local giants.


 
Lightning Dog

Location: Roborough (Devon) - Roborough Down
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: December evening, possibly nineteenth century (if not, earlier)
Further Comments: Walking home one night, a man encountered a large black dog. He tried to pat the creature, but his hand passed straight through its head. The dog then yawned, and after smelling the sulphur-like breath, the witness fled, the dog close behind. After a while, the man was thrown to the ground by a blinding flash, where he was found unconscious the next day. A legend says the phantom hound belonged to a murder victim, and now it tries to kill every man it encounters.


 
Large Hound

Location: Rock of Dunamase (County Laois) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is said to be haunted by a huge black hound which protects treasure buried somewhere under the structure.


 
Bright White Dog

Location: Rufford (Lancashire) - A59 near Solom
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: August 1999, 22:00h
Further Comments: The witness to this entity crashed his car after swerving to avoid the partially transparent dog which ran out into the road.


 
Large Wolfhound

Location: Salthouse (Norfolk) - Beach between Salthouse & Cley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Seventeenth Century onwards, last confirmed sighting early twentieth century
Further Comments: Belonging to a drowned skipper, the dog failed to save his master's life, and now runs along the beach. His glowing eyes and black coat firmly places him in the shuck category. The creature was last seen by a man cycling in the area - he reported spotting a large shaggy dog which passed through a solid gate.


 
Trotting Dog

Location: Sandwick (Orkney) - Road between Sandwick and Birsay
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Only appearing at night, a strange hound would trot alongside anyone walking between the two areas.


 
Black Hounds

Location: Savernake Forest (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The forest is reported to be home of several black dogs which bring ill fortune to any witnesses. There are also stories of a ghostly white deer which darts between the trees, a headless woman riding on horseback, and a coach and horses which leaves the forest and heads towards a nearby farm.


 
Protective Shuck

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Road between Scunthorpe and Crosby
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: This guardian dog appeared by the side of a woman, preventing a gang of labourers from attacking her. It vanished as she reached home.


 
Black Dog

Location: Seatown (Dorset) - Old graveyard, where the A35 intersects the road leading away from village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black hound is said to haunt this churchyard, and has been seen vanishing into a large headstone.


 
Black Dog

Location: Sedbergh (Cumbria) - Area around Capelthwaite farm (no longer present or renamed)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This dog, known as the Capelthwaite, is the harbinger of death, and anyone who spots the creature will either lose their own life or that of someone close to them.


 
Shaggy Dog

Location: Selborne (Hampshire) - Area near brook
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck comes across as quite harmless, and seems to appreciate the company of living animals.


 
Grey Dog

Location: Selkirk (Borders) - B7009 between town and Langholm
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog, slightly larger than a collie and in dire need of a groom, walks silently along this road at dawn and dusk.


 
Suicide Shuck

Location: Selworthy (Somerset) - Road leading to Tivington
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck is thought to contain the soul of a local man who committed suicide.


 
Expected Accident

Location: Shap (Cumbria) - A6, Shap Fell
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog would run across the road before leaping over a cliff that dropped several hundred feet. A few days later a serious accident would occur at that spot.


 
Gabriel Hounds

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Area around parish church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These hounds are said to have the faces of men, and have been heard passing the church on dark, still nights.


 
Saucer Eyed Dog

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Bunting Nook, Graves Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2012?
Further Comments: This creature, with its unusually large eyes, has been known to turn itself into mist if threatened. A ghost hunter in the area reported to have spoken to a couple who witnessed a large black dog appear out of nowhere as they travelled down the lane.


 
Scratching Hound

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Road outside the Botanical Gardens
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: October 1998
Further Comments: A phantom dog attacked one witness walking along this road - it bit his calf and clawed his back, leaving red weals. The man developed a high fever, but recovered after a spirit exorcism was performed.


 
Shock

Location: Sheringham (Norfolk) - From the sea
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The black dog known as Shock to residents of the town would emerge from the sea and run up the hills. The entity was said to be headless, with white cloth covering the stump.


 
Vanishing Hound

Location: Shipton Gorge (Dorset) - Exact area unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dog was encountered by a local man as he walked home late one night. Wanting to move the creature from his path, the man threw a stick at it - the piece of wood passed straight through the hound, causing it to vanish.


 
Black Hound

Location: Singleton (Lancashire) - Unknown cottage
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A priest had to be called in to rid a building of a large black dog that had taken up residence - the creature was banished to under the river Wyre, allowed only to come back when the river dried up.


 
The Padfoot

Location: Skipton (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This black, horse-sized hound unset the villagers when it paid them a brief visit.


 
Black Dog

Location: Snitterfield (Warwickshire) - Brook House (AKA Bell Brook Inn)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: An unnaturally large dark hound was seen running across the lawn.


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