Saboteurs film horrifying moment a hound was catapulted through the air and killed after car smashed into it when a hunt strayed towards busy road while pursuing a fox
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- The hound was struck on the A1 near Thrapston, Northamptonshire on Saturday
- Footage shows dog lying motionless in the road after it has been struck by a car
- Saboteurs claim the Fitzwilliam Hunt chased a fox along the hedgerow of the A1
A hunting dog was hit and killed by a car while allegedly chasing a fox next to a busy dual carriageway.
The hound was struck on the A1 near Thrapston in Northamptonshire during a Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt on Saturday.
A video showing the dog lying in the road and two members of the hunt carrying the body off the carriageway was shared by the North Cambridgeshire Hunt Saboteurs.
According to the saboteurs, the Fitzwilliam pack chased a fox along the hedgerow adjacent to the A14, which forced the animal closer to the road.
A video showing two members of the hunt carrying the body off the carriageway was shared by the North Cambridgeshire Hunt Saboteurs
They said: ‘Hounds ran alongside the road at this point. A sab who arrived on the scene at that point slowed the traffic on the eastbound carriageway.
‘One hound ran across all four lanes to the westbound carriageway, before turning around back to the huntsman.
‘The poor young hound was struck by two vehicles and was catapulted along the road. The dog died shortly afterwards, lying in the road.’
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Pictures of the accident were posted to Facebook along with the caption: ‘The Fitzwilliam Hunt today showed an absolute disregard for not just wildlife, but the lives of their very own hounds and the safety of the general public.’
Meanwhile the hunt released a statement adding: ‘We can confirm that today one hound went onto the A14 and was killed in a collision with a car.
‘The hound was killed outright, the driver was not injured and we thank her for her sympathy and understanding after this most unfortunate accident.
According to the saboteurs, the Fitzwilliam pack chased a fox along the hedgerow adjacent to the A14, which forced the animal closer to the road where it was hit
‘The Hunt was pursuing legal activities near Thrapston.
‘Two Hunt staff were deliberately impeded by five or more hunt saboteurs, with one member of hunt staff almost being pulled from his horse by a saboteur grabbing his whip.
‘The Police have been informed and attended the scene.’
On the North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs’ Facebook post, they questioned the legality of the use of a pack of hounds to chase a fox.
They said: ‘We note that the Fitzwilliam Hunt, in their statement, have described what they were doing as “legal hunting activities”.
‘It must have escaped their attention that chasing a fox with a pack of hounds is not legal.’
Fox hunting was banned in 2005, but it is still legal to use dogs to simulate hunting, for example in ‘drag’ or ‘trail’ hunting.
You can also use up to two dogs to chase, flush or stalk foxes out of hiding if the fox is causing damage to your property or the environment.
The two hunt members carry the dog’s body away from the carriageway and into a wooded area nearby
The North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs have asked Facebook users to donate to an animal rescue centre in memory of the hound who was killed.
Three groups of hunt saboteurs have joined together to raise money on gofundme which will pay for the legal fees to defend an injunction brought against them by the Fitzwilliam Hunt.
So far the campaign has raised £2,291 of their £2,500 goal.
Earlier this year, a High Court judge barred opponents of the Fitzwilliam hunt from trespassing on land they use.
Mr Justice Freedman slapped the ban on anti hunt groups after the hunt, which has stables in Peterborough, took legal action.
The hound was struck on the A1 near Thrapston in Northamptonshire during a Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt on Saturday
The enforcement of the ban follows several violent clashes between them and saboteurs.
A Fitzwilliam huntsman was found guilty of illegally killing a fox at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in April.
On Saturday’s incident, Inspector Alex Wood-Davis from Cambridgeshire Police said: ‘We have been made aware though social media of an incident involving a hound belonging to a local hunt being injured or killed on the A14.
‘I understand this has caused some concern on social media.
‘However, we have not received any calls or complaints concerning this and are not sure that this is within our police area or Northants.
‘We have requested through social media for any witnesses to call in on 101 should they have further detail.’
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