Hunt group accused by welfare charity
A leading animal welfare charity has accused a hunting group of trespassing and "causing havoc" on its land, after a stag they were said to be chasing fled on to one of its sanctuaries.
The League Against Cruel Sports claimed that an out-of-control hunt hound in pursuit of the stag had entered a sanctuary it owned on Monday, causing deer and other animals protected there, to scatter.
The anti-hunt charity said it would be writing to the master of the hunt to file a complaint about the incident.
Paul Tillsley, head of investigations at the league and based in Somerset, said: "Our sanctuary exists to provide a safe haven away from hunts, for animals to come and go as they please. Putting the lives of the animals residing there in danger will not be tolerated."
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The incident is the latest in a long line of spats between the two groups over the hunting of deer in the area.