Hunting dogs ‘out of control’ at cat sanctuary’.

From Celia Hammond Animal Trust

There has been a terrifying incident yesterday afternoon at our Greenacres Sanctuary near Hastings.

A pack of fox hounds ran into the Sanctuary and then split into two groups one chasing a fox and the other chasing a deer.

Our Sanctuary is home to 130 resident cats, mainly feral and semi-feral who live in the house and grounds and roam freely on our land – 100 acres of woodland and fields.

The hounds invaded at afternoon feeding time, there were dogs running everywhere, completely out of control, terrified cats were fleeing in all directions.

Staff and volunteers who were present tried desperately to chase the dogs off and protect the animals.

The Police were called to help the hunt round up the dogs – this took over an hour.

Initially 60 cats were missing.

Sanctuary staff and volunteers have mounted searches throughout the night. Much of the woodland is dense and very difficult to search. Heavy rain late last night brought many more very frightened cats back to their sleeping chalets last night.

This morning there are still 21 cats missing.

We will update you later as we have more information.

North West Hunt Saboteurs Association

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