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.