Forest of Dean: ‘Pet cat ran for its life as hounds gave chase’

Posted on November 25, 2012


Yesterday (24th November), the North-West Hunt Saboteurs Association re-posted a news item on their web-site titled ‘Pet cat ran for its life as hounds gave chase’, which was oiginally posted on on the 22nd November.

‘… A hunt has been accused of terrorising a family pet days after its master was convicted of racially harassing a protester.

Dad William Ricks claims Ross Harrier hounds chased daughter Anna’s cat after coming out of the Forest of Dean and onto his land on Saturday.

Five hours later the cat Minna was found cowering 30ft up a tree in the middle of the woods.

He has complained to police and the Forestry Commission about the incident last Saturday.

On Thursday, Harrier’s hunt master David Lee Peters was found guilty of using racially abusive words to a protester sitting in her car.

He was fined £720, and ordered to pay his victim £200 compensation.

He was in charge of the pack when Mr Ricks claims dogs ran into his garden from adjoining Bailey Inclosure.
“The cat legged it into the woods chased by around six or eight baying hounds,” he said.

“It was running for its life. You can imagine how terrifying it must have been for the young cat to be pursued by a pack of hounds in full cry.”

He said the family and several neighbours spent more than five hours looking for Norwegian Forest cat Minna.

“We prepared ourselves for the worse because we thought she might have been ripped to shreds,” he said.
“In the end she was shaken but fine because she could scramble up the tree away from the hounds.” …’

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