Hunt would have spared suffering

SO a fox runs across a road (‘Police investigate illegal hunt claims’, Mail, December 15), the hunt is around, no-one sees anything (apart from hounds with mud and blood on them and a couple of 4x4s) and this results in a police investigation! Oh dear! what is the world coming too? What a waste of public money and police time.

We wonder what this couple would have done if they had to witness what residents of this village had to watch last winter.

Four foxes appeared in the field at the rear of our property. Obviously they had been dropped from an urban environment. They had no fear of people or dogs. They played with our terriers through the wire fence of our garden. They had no idea of how to hunt for food and spent their time in peoples’ gardens. Residents fed them what they could. However, the winter being so cold they lost condition and developed mange.

Villagers began to get concerned re their plight. The RSPCA was called - they were not prepared to help. The Environmental Agencies - “They are wild animals, try DEFRA”. The only constructive suggestion came from the local vets. “Can you trap them? Then we can treat them but whatever you do, don’t get bit” No-one had a live fox trap stored in their garage and eventually a local farmer solved the problem and put them down.

Had it been legal to call the local hunt they would have been saved a long slow death, suffering from starvation, cold and mange. Needless to say several dogs in the area had to spend time at the vets being treated for mange. We hope no so-called misguided animal lovers drop any more of them this year because this was one of the most distressing situations we have ever had to watch in the countryside. Perhaps we should have called the police or the army.

Ruth and Geoffrey Tiney,