MARAUDING hunt hounds ran amok in a private garden and savaged to death an adored pet pygmy goat called Flopsy.
Now Flopsy’s owners, who said the dogs had “no right” to be on their land, may sue the hunt.
The 26 hounds burst in to the 10-acre grounds of retired social workers Lesley and Ken Prickett, who fiercely oppose blood sports, during a drag hunt.
Lesley, 67, said: “It was terrifying. We were in the front garden clearing leaves when we heard this horrendous screaming and baying from the back.
“We went round as fast as we could and saw a huge pack of hounds chasing our goats. Most of our animals got away but Flopsy was so badly savaged she had to be put down. Her throat, neck and belly were torn and she lost a lot of blood.”
Flopsy – one of a family of seven – lingered on in agony for 90 minutes before a vet arrived at the couple’s home to end her torment.
Lesley, of Roseland, Cornwall, said: “It was horrible watching her suffer. We’re so angry with the hunt – their hounds had absolutely no right to be on our land. The whole thing was absolute mayhem. Some dogs got stuck in a quarry and had to be rescued by the RSPCA. We’re thinking about taking the hunt to court.”
The pack is believed to have poured on to the Pricketts’ property after picking up the scent of a nearby fox during the legal hunt.
East Cornwall Hunt master Graham Higgins has apologised to the couple saying it was an “isolated incident”.
He said an investigation was under way to find out why the hounds had strayed.