Domestic Animal Attacks by Hunts
|Quote : “I’ve no evidence of fox hounds killing cats. There is no way fox hounds are a danger to family pets.” John Haigh, Public Relations Officer, British Field Sports Society
Quote : “It would be unusual for hounds to target a cat because they were trained to chase only foxes”, Anne Jepson, secretary of the South Notts Hunt
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The list below is far from comprehensive. Many incidents go unreported or unrecorded by police.
A hunt has apologised unreservedly after its hounds killed a much-loved pet cat as they “ran out of control”. One hound snatched the terrified animal from under a car in a private garden and shook her like a rag doll.
A seven-month-old kitten was allegedly ‘ripped to pieces’ during an ‘illegal fox hunt’ on Christmas Eve. Bits of fur were all that was left of a ginger and white cat named Tiger after he was attacked by hounds from The Bramham Hunt in a ‘barbaric’ incident in Scarcroft, West Yorkshire.
A dog owner, Jessica Palmer spoke of her horrific ordeal after her beloved whippet Bear was chased for miles by hounds belonging to the Cury Hunt. She said: “Yesterday our amazing dog Bear and I were attacked by over 30 hounds when irresponsible owners at the Cury Hunt Cornwall had no control of their hounds.”
Shocking footage shows a terrified calf ‘running for its life’ and jumping over walls while being chased through a farmer’s field by a pack of hunt hounds from the High Peak Hunt.
The Braes of Derwent hunt was accused of allowing its hounds to run uncontrolled through the kennel grounds, frightening small dogs and the owner’s tabby cat, which has not been seen since.
Tracey Hobbs, owner of the Tendercare boarding kennels and cattery at Burnhope, Co Durham, said there was no sign of any riders to control the hounds.
Hounds from the Waveney Harriers were videoed chasing and mauling a deer. It was shot on Tuesday 18 February in Frostenden by a hunt monitor who was watching The Waveney Harriers, who regularly hunt in North Suffolk and South Norfolk.
A woman from the Isle of Wight said she was attacked by a dog linked to a local hunt. When she reported it to the police, her husband claimed the police told them not to go to the press about it. The Isle of Wight Hunt said it “apologised unreservedly” for the attack.
A pack of the hunting hounds which were part of a in Roston, Derbyshire, jumped into a field of sheep and pursued the flock which ran for their lives. The lamb survived the attack but needed treatment for nasty puncture wounds it had suffered.
Hunt hounds from the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt “viciously attacked” a herd of alpacas, leaving one so badly “ripped apart” she had to be put down, prompting a police investigation. Langley Alpacas in Derbyshire said another of its animals was recovering from numerous wounds he suffered in the attack.
A family was devastated after their beloved pet cat was mauled to death by a pack of hounds near Newcestown. The cat, which its owners had since it was a kitten, was savagely killed by the hunting hounds as they passed through a nearby farmyard in Mossgrove last Sunday week while hunting.
A cat has been “mauled to death” by a hunting hound in its owner’s back garden.
The Albrighton and Woodland Hunt said one of its dogs fatally injured the pet and it was investigating the attack.
Farm owner told us “We were invaded by a whole pack of hounds that were totally out of control”. Hounds crawled under and leapt over a four-foot fence and thundered through the farm, running through a group of 24 pregnant alpacas.
A whole pack of hunting hounds in pursuit of both a fox and deer thundered through an animal Celia Hammond Cat Sanctuary, displacing more than 60 terrified animals. The charity sanctuary in Hastings, Sussex, is still missing many of its animals that are believed to have fled into nearby woods to escape the hunt.
Area : Mendips, Somerset
Hunt : Mendip Farmers Hunt
Pet rescue dogs, Monty and Alfie, were out walking in the Mendips with their owner at around 8.00am on Thursday, July 13th, when they were allegedly attacked by hunting hounds belonging to the Mendip Farmers Hunt.
Area : Gunwalloe Beach, Cornwall
Hunt : Cury Hunt
Horrified onlookers watch on as a pack of hounds ‘attack’ a pet dog and its owners on Cornwall beach. The hunt claimed they took their horses and hounds down to the beach for a splash around in the water in the middle of winter.
A family in Ashford, Co Wicklow say they’ve been left shocked after their pet dog was attacked by a pack of hunting hounds
Area : Ravenscar, Scarborough
Hunt : Staintondale & Goatland Hunts
Family cat savaged to death by 27 hunt hounds then handed back in dog food bag by hunt.
Area : Newry, N.Ireland
Hunt : Newry Harriers
Newry Harriers hounds ripped a family’s pet dog apart in front of two young cousins.
Area : South Armagh, N.Ireland
Hunt : Newry Harriers
Animal cruelty campaigners have expressed their shock after hounds ripped two domestic cats to pieces as a hunt trespassed on private land in south Armagh.
Area : Sheldon, Derbyshire
Hunt : High Peak Hunt
40 Rioting hounds from the High Peak Hunt in Derbyshire chased and killed a pet cat through the village of Sheldon near Bakewell.
Area : East Worlington, Devon
Hunt : Tiverton Staghounds
Magistrate Catherine Hodgson used her body as a human shield against two staghounds as they ripped apart her pet dog in a horrific attack.
Area : Aveton Gifford, South Devon
Hunt : Modbury Harriers
A pet llama from south Devon has died after being frightened by hounds from the local hunt. A vet was called after hounds from the Modbury Harriers frightened the llama which died later of a heart attack.
Area : Roseland, Cornwall
Hunt : East Cornwall Hunt
26 Marauding hunt hounds ran amok in a private garden and savaged to death an adored pet pygmy goat called Flopsy. Now goat’s owners, who said the dogs had “no right” to be on their land, may sue the hunt.
Area : Lurgan
Hunt : Iveagh Hunt
Hounds taking part in a St Patrick’s Day hunt in Lurgan viciously mauled an eight-year-old girl’s beloved cat to death.
Area : Horsley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire
Hunt : South Notts Hunt
A couple who found their cat dead after a hunt passed next to their land claim he was ripped to pieces by hounds. Only his tail and back legs were recovered and fur was dotted around the area.
Area : Somerset
Hunt : West Somerset Vale Hunt
A family saw a pack of hounds savage their pet cat in their own garden. Jennifer Kervell and her two daughters were preparing lunch when about 30 hounds entered their garden and attacked the four-year-old cat, Holly.
Area : Tarporley, Cheshire
Hunt : Cheshire Hunt
A women last night spoke of how she had to barricade herself in her home as snaring hounds from the Cheshire Hunt attempted to fight their way in through a cat-flap.
Area : Little Kelk, near Driffield
Hunt : Middleton Hunt
A distraught cat owner claims she watched in horror as her pet was savaged to death by dogs from the Middleton Hunt.
Area : Kirkbymoorside, N.Yorkshire
Hunt : Sinnington Hunt
Sinnington Hunt has angered the family which owned the cat by suggesting it would not have been killed if a car had not been parked in its way.
Area : Northamptonshire
Hunt : Pytchley Foxhounds
The huntsman told it’s owner that it was a fox, only later was she to discover it was her beloved pet cat.
Area : Northumberland
Hunt : Tynedale Hunt
A distraught 60 year-old woman threw herself on top of her pet spaniel in a desperate attempt to protect it from an attack by hunt hounds.
Area : Lubenham, Leicestershire
Hunt : Fernie Hunt
A cat was attacked and killed by hounds during an October cub-hunt near Lubenham, Leicestershire.
Area : Petham, Kent
Hunt : East Kent Hunt
Twenty hounds from the East Kent Hunt savaged a five-year-old pet cat in the village of Petham. A witness described the frenzied attack as ‘pure bloodlust.
Area : Exmoor
Hunt : Exmoor Foxhounds
Out of control hounds from the Exmoor Foxhounds chased a 13 year-old cat, Blackie. The cat ran for its life and wasn’t seen for some time. Its owner Mrs Clevedon said, “When she came back she looked really frightened and covered in cobwebs so she obviously had to take cover.” Captain Ronald Wallace, Master of the Exmoor Foxhounds admitted hounds were out of control but said, “We don’t keep hounds for chasing cats.
Area : Penzance, Cornwall
Hunt : Western Hunt Foxhounds
The 12 year-old cat named ‘Tikkidew’ was in its own garden near New Mill, when it was attacked and killed by hounds of the Western Hunt Fox Hounds.
Area : North Yorkshire
Hunt : York and Ainsty South Hunt
Hounds from the York and Ainsty South Hunt attacked three dogs being walked by their owner in Yorkshire countryside. The hunt dealt with the situation by shooting the lead dog and parading its body before local television cameras.
Area : North Yorkshire
Hunt : York and Ainsty South Hunt
70 York and Ainsty South Hunt hounds being exercised savaged a pedigree doberman pincher named Wilhelm being walked on a lead by owner Herbert Claxton. Wilhelm died a few weeks later as a result of the injuries sustained in the attack.
Area : Calne, Wiltshire
Hunt : The Avon Vale Foxhounds
The Avon Vale Foxhounds upset residents in Calne when they trampled across gardens and sent cats fleeing. One owner commented, “my two cats panicked and made for the top of the shed while the hounds trampled over my flowers.
Area : Rutland
Hunt : Cottesmore Foxhounds
The cat’s body was not returned by the huntsman, who was described as rude and arrogant by Mrs Clarke who previously was undecided over the hunting issue.
Area : Ashton, Cheshire
Hunt : Cheshire Forest Hunt
Horrified Villages looked on helplessly as two cats were killed when hounds ran amok in gardens on Christmas Eve. Two households had their festive celebrations spoilt when their pets were slaughtered by hounds from the Cheshire Forest Hunt.
Area : Utkinton, Cheshire
Hunt : Cheshire Foxhounds hunt
An Utkinton man has accused the Cheshire Foxhounds hunt of appalling cruelty. He alleges that a cat was torn to death by hounds in his back garden.
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