Police have launched an investigation after a hunt’s hounds chased a fox and deer via the grounds of an animal sanctuary, inflicting dozens of cats to...
Police have launched an investigation after a hunt’s hounds chased a fox and deer via the grounds of an animal sanctuary, inflicting dozens of cats to “flee for their lives”.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust is house to 130 rescued cats at its Greenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary, close to Hastings, in East Sussex.
Police introduced on Friday they’d be launching an investigation after a pack of “uncontrolled” canine ran via its grounds, resulting in 60 of its residents going lacking.
The animal sanctuary mentioned in an announcement: “We posted on social media about a very frightening and traumatic incident that occurred on Tuesday… at 4pm at our sanctuary in East Sussex when a pack of uncontrolled fox hounds in full cry ran through the sanctuary in pursuit of a fox and a deer forcing our resident cats who live freely in the grounds to flee for their lives.”
The sanctuary mentioned Tuesday’s occasions have been “extremely traumatic for our resident animals” and “shocking and distressing” for workers and volunteers, who spent an hour and a half making an attempt to “chase the large fox hounds back out of the sanctuary grounds”.
“We have lodged a complaint with the police and East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt and will be seeking legal advice on the way forward,” Celia Hammond Animal Sanctuary added.
As of Saturday morning, eight cats have been nonetheless unaccounted for.
A spokesperson on behalf of East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt mentioned the huntsmen “apologised to the owners right away for any inconvenience caused”.
An earlier assertion launched by Sussex Police this week mentioned that circumstances surrounding the incident have been being “reviewed” to determine whether or not any prison offences had taken place.
The newest assertion from Sussex Police mentioned that Tuesday’s incident could have violated the Hunting Act.
The pressure issued the next assertion on Friday in a sequence of tweets on social media:
“We are now investigating the incident at Celia Hammond Animal Trust, which potentially involves a number of complex areas of law, including dog legislation and the Hunting Act. If criminal offences are identified, we will move forward with a view to prosecution. “We will update when the investigating is complete. “Many have asked why no action was taken immediately by the officers who attended at the time. Much of the detail of the incident has only come to light since we assisted sanctuary staff remove the dogs from the land to reduce the impact on the affected animals as quickly as possible. “The sanctuary owner has provided more information and officers are in touch with her. “We have to focus on fact and the law, which we uphold, but do not make. “While we appreciate this is a very emotive subject, we would respectfully ask that you do not use other posts on our social media to make your points as this is having an impact on other important messages to keep people safe from threat and harm.”
In an announcement to the Mirror Online, a spokesperson for the hunt added: “We can affirm that hounds met at Udimore, close to Rye on January 9 and have been legally trail-hunting all through the day to adjust to the Hunting Act 2004.
“Although nobody from the hunt witnessed hounds following anything other than their original trail, it is suspected that a few hounds might have deviated from their trail onto the scent of a live quarry which they followed into the wildlife sanctuary.”
HuffPost UK has contacted East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt for additional remark.
Since the incident, hundreds of kilos have been donated to the animal charity on its JustGiving web page, with greater than £6,000 being raised on the time of writing.
Last yr, police launched an attraction for witnesses after a member of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt was caught on digicam repeatedly whipping a hunt saboteur.