Furious owner whose pet cat was mauled to death by a pack of dogs outside her home calls for ban on hunting in public areas
- Mini, 14-year-old rescue cat, suffered broken back and ribs in mauling
- Huntsman was then filmed throwing her corpse over hedge after dogs attacked her
- Owner Carly Jose, 40, is now demanding national ban on hunting activities in public areas
- Began advocating ‘Mini’s Law’ through petition which has reached 100,000 signatures
A pet cat was savagely attacked by a pack of hunting dogs outside her owner’s home before her dead body was tossed into a neighbour’s garden.
Mini, a 14-year-old rescue cat, suffered a broken back and broken ribs in the mauling. A huntsman was then filmed throwing her corpse over a hedge.
Mini’s owner Carly Jose, 40, is now demanding a national ban on hunting activities in public areas.
A petition she began advocating ‘Mini’s Law’ – to prohibit any activity involving hunting hounds taking place in a residential or public place – has gained 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Miss Jose, a mother-of-three from Madron, Cornwall, said her children had been ‘heartbroken’ by Mini’s killing in March. At the time she described the huntsman’s behaviour as ‘evil’.
A spokesman for the Western Hunt, which owned the dogs, said such incidents were ‘incredibly rare’ and apologised.
A petition Carly Jose began advocating ‘Mini’s Law’ – to prohibit any activity involving hunting hounds taking place in a residential or public place – has gained 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate in Parliament
But police launched an investigation and, last Friday, hunt master John Sampson was found guilty at Truro Magistrates’ Court of being in charge of at least one dog dangerously out of control in a public place. Sampson, of St Buryan, Penzance, did not deny that the dogs killed Mini but pleaded not guilty.
He was fined £480 and ordered to pay £350 compensation to Miss Jose, £775 court costs and a £48 victim surcharge. Miss Jose said she felt the result was a landmark, given she believed no hunt master had been convicted as a result of killing someone’s pet under the Dangerous Dogs Act before.
Prosecutor Chris Rendell said that on the day of the attack, Sampson, his son Edward and Edward’s girlfriend – who were all on horseback – had taken 21 dogs out for exercise.
About six dogs broke away and entered a cul-de-sac where they chased, caught and killed Mini.
About six dogs broke away and entered a cul-de-sac where they chased, caught and killed Mini. Pictured: Mini before her death
Resident Peter Nicholls told the court he was lying on his bed when he heard an ‘almighty rumble like a herd of elephants’ and a cat cry.
Recalling what he saw, he said: ‘[Edward] had a whip in his hand and I saw the cat fall from the nose of the dog and he was running. He scooped the cat’s body off the road and flicked it over the hedge into my garden.’
Another neighbour, Charlie Knight, who filmed the incident, said he saw hounds chasing the cat, which tried to jump a fence to get away, before it was mauled.
Special needs teaching assistant Miss Jose said that the incident has affected her family ‘massively’. She added: ‘Mini was part of our family. She died scared because of their recklessness… We’re really pleased with the sentence. They thought they could get away with it and they haven’t.’
Sentencing Sampson, who chose not to give evidence, magistrates said they took into account that it was an isolated incident and there had been no previous complaints against the dogs.
Another neighbour, Charlie Knight, who filmed the incident, said he saw hounds chasing the cat, which tried to jump a fence to get away, before it was mauled. Pictured: Hunters in Cornwall in 2018