Pack of Beagles out of control

Watch this pack of dogs chase a hare across a field near Midhurst in West Sussex.

I’ve amended this post slightly since I first published it, having subsequently heard from a neighbour who posted a reply which you can read at the bottom of this post.

Firstly let’s get one thing straight. Hunting hares (and other wild animals) with packs of dogs was banned in the UK by the Hunting Act 2004. These dogs were hunting wild animals. My original thoughts about these dogs were that they are from the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. I contacted Cowdray Estate about the video but they didn’t reply. Having spoken to local people we now think that these dogs are Beagles. They were videoed on Cowdray land (until they disappeared into my neighbours’ private gardens) so it stands to reason that the Beagles are known to Cowdray and were there with their permission.

I live in the countryside and I respect tradition, but this is not right.

We’re living in the 21st century, these dogs were out of control, chasing wild animals, running through private gardens and there was nobody looking after them. I posted this video on our local Facebook group and people reported that some of these dogs ended up on the outskirts of Midhurst, nearly two miles away. It’s a complete disgrace. I have shared this video with the police.

One thought on “Pack of Beagles out of control

  1. They are not Cowdray hounds. The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt only have fox hounds and followers on horseback.. Beagle packs specialise in hares. These were beagles. The followers are on foot. There are a few packs of beagles near the Midhurst area and they come here by invitation from either the landowner or (sometimes more likely as I know who does this) by people who own the shooting rights over the land. Once loose they go where they like. I have seen them in the field I overlook in the same village.
    Hare coursing only involves two lurcher type dogs who owners pit them agains each other to see which one has the greater skills in catching the hare. Hares are usually caught in advance and let out just in front of the two lurchers….
    Both types of hare hunting are totally illegal nowadays but that does not stop it as there are no police to enforce it. Lures are supposed to be used but….

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