The USPCA is calling for a change in the law to make hunts more liable for
the actions of their hounds after a pet dog was torn to pieces. The incident
occurred near Newry on Saturday when a pack of hounds ripped a family's
pet dog apart in front of two young cousins. The boys were walking their
pet, Pip, in the fields when the hunt arrived. They spoke of their horror
as the out-of-control animals tore the little Jack Russell-type dog to bits.
The boys said one member of the hunt got off his horse and examined what
was left of Pip. He then threw the various parts into the hedge. When
the boys asked him if their dog was dead, he replied 'yes', got back on
his horse and rode off.
law stands, hunts are not held liable for the actions of their hounds. The
USPCA want the new welfare of animals act to change all that. The BBC spoke
to several members of Newry Harriers but none wanted to make comment on
the incident. When the USPCA heard about what had happened to Pip, they
brought the children a new pup. He was an immediate hit and there is no
doubt he will help to ease the pain.
though, the shock of what happened seems certain to remain with the boys
for a long time to come.
from BBC NEWS: