A man has been charged after a cat was mauled to death by a pack of hunting hounds.
In March, CornwallLive reported how Mini, a 14-year-old rescue cat, was killed by a pack of hunting hounds on a housing estate in Madron, near Penzance.
Mini’s devastated owner, Carly Jones, told of her “heartbreak” following the incident.
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Now, Devon and Cornwall Police have charged a man in connection with the incident.
John Lanyon Sampson, 55, from St Buryan, will appear at Truro Magistrates’ Court on July 22 charged with criminal damage and being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a private or public place.
Inspector Rebecca Le Cheminant, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said after a case file was submitted: “Police have been conducting a thorough investigation including interview of potential witnesses and persons who were present at the scene.
“A specialist trained wildlife liaison officer has diligently progressed all possible lines of enquiry, sought evidence and spoken to members of the public.
“Police would like to thank everyone who has come forward to assist our enquiries which has included liaising with the RSPCA and a specialist pathologist from Bristol.
“Police have submitted a file for review by our local criminal justice unit. The office in charge of the investigation is keeping the owner of the pet fully updated in full compliance with the victim’s code.
“It is a difficult time for all parties concerned and the response of the local community has greatly assisted.”