Fox attack: Dogs belong to foot hunt
INVESTIGATORS say they have identified the hunt which owns the pack of hounds that appeared to rip apart a fox on a busy Carmarthen road earlier this month.
Dyfed-Powys Police and the RSPCA are now working on a joint investigation into the incident on the A40 near Abergwili on Saturday, February 16.
Witnesses travelling on a bus described how they watched in horror as dogs caught the fox.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said the hounds belonged to a foot hunt, but he would not say which one.
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"We have taken many statements," he said.
"We have identified the hunt and the hunt master.
"It is a joint investigation between the police and the RSPCA."
Last week witnesses told the Journal how the dogs came down from the wooded area above the busy road.
One witness, who did not wish to be identified, reported the incident to the League Against Cruel Sports' Wildlife Crimewatch line and said: "I was on the 280 bus from Carmarthen to Llandeilo.
"At around 10.30am the bus came to an abrupt halt half a mile after the roundabout after Abergwili.
"I saw a pack of what seemed like hunting dogs bounding down from the wooded hill on to the road where there was oncoming traffic.
"The dogs seemed to be attacking and surrounding something that was covering them in blood and then I could just make out the shape of the fox.
"I could see the pack as clear as day on the other side of the road, and the attack happened for at least five minutes."
A picture, taken by one of the bus passengers, was posted on the Spotted Carmarthen Facebook page.
An accompanying comment said: "It was one the most horrible things to experience."
Police Inspector Craig Templeton said: "We are conducting an inquiry into the incident and have been in touch with colleagues in the RSPCA who are assisting us.
"While we are not making a further appeal for more witnesses we will of course listen to any information brought to us."
The Hunting Act 2004, which bans the hunting of wild mammals with dogs in Wales and England, came into force on February 18, 2005.