Twenty-four hounds belonging to the Flint and Denbigh Hunt in North Wales were shot by their masters after worrying sheep and killing one of them on land belonging to Mr. Michael Griffith, Chairman of the Countryside Council of Wales.
Police did not take action after the sheep worrying incident – a criminal offence – despite Joint Master Rowley-Williams admitting that “It’s not as if they were out of control…”.
The League Against Cruel Sports receives dozens of reports of hounds worrying sheep as well as cattle. Farmers often have to go to extraordinary lengths to keep the hunt off their land.
Despite this, public relations officer, Tony Brunskill of the British Field Sports Society said, “It is the first time I have ever heard of hounds worrying sheep.” However, BFSS Director Peter Voute admitted, “It is not uncommon for one or two hounds to be destroyed humanely from time to time for worrying sheep.”