Furious residents say pack of foxhounds caused ‘mayhem’ on quiet street during hunt meeting


26/02/2017

Police are investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox which was later found dead.

A pack of foxhounds caused mayhem in a quiet street during a hunt meeting, according to furious residents.

Cheshire police are now investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox – which was found dead in a back garden.

Residents have told the MEN of “pandemonium” when the pack of dogs came hurtling across a field and into Penningtons Lane, Macclesfield.

“It was horrific”, said Edwina Church, 47. She said her husband, Kevin, saw some of the dogs appear to be chasing a fox which he then saw killed. “Pandemonium broke out. There was a stream of dogs running through our garden into next door. We had 15 of them jumping around in our garden.”

Mrs Church’s 82-year-old mother, who has chronic heart failure, saw it unfold and is “traumatised”.

She continued:“A lot of people on this road are elderly. They were frightened to come out. The dogs were frantic. I’m an animal-lover and I was shaken. It was heartbreaking.”

Cheshire Police said on Facebook they are working with the RSPCA and specialist officers to investigate.

“We are aware of concerns around hunt activity in the Macclesfield area yesterday.

“We are investigating this matter and working with specialist officers and the RSPCA.”

Penningtons Lane residents say they heard a “screaming” pack of dogs belonging to Cheshire Forest Hunt run through nearby fields where pregnant cows were grazing at around 12.45pm.

Two quad bikes then came “flying down the lane” said resident Julie Clark, 47.

Mrs Church claims one of the hunt members got off her bike and retrieved the dead fox from the garden.

Other members of the hunt then arrived together with the police.

Mrs Clark said:“The dogs were huge. God knows how someone didn’t get hurt. It was dreadful.”

Farmer Andrew Kidd has pregnant heffers in a field through which the dogs rampaged. Mr Kidd said Cheshire Forest Hunt Huntsmaster Richard Garton phoned him to apologise for the incident.

The huntsmaster “apologised 100%”, said Mr Kidd.

Macclesfield Councillor Beverley Dooley said permission had not been given to cross the land.

She said: “It’s beyond me. Penningtons Lane is used by people walking dogs, by children on bikes. There were no children playing in the gardens when it happened. “

“We’re all shocked at the blatant disregard for other people and their property – their land, their animals.”

Cheshire Police added:“If you were a witness or have any information about this matter you are asked to call us on 101 and quote incident number 395 of February 25 2017.”

The MEN has tried repeatedly to contact Cheshire Forest Hunt for a comment.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/furious-residents-say-pack-foxhounds-12660640

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