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Woman "severely injured" after being bitten by hunt hounds
13 March 2007

A woman who was bitten and gnawed by a maurading pack of hunt hounds was left suffering from "considerable personal and psychological injuries". A solicitor's letter seen by ICABS details the horrendous incident which allegedly took place on private property during a hunt in Ireland.

The woman was "severely injured as a result of being attacked by a pack of hounds", the solicitor's letter outlines, adding that "the hounds were, on the occasion, in the process of pursuing [an animal] when they strayed into the garage area of a house adjacent to a field where the hunt was going on."

"They proceeded to bite and gnaw our client's body resulting in considerable personal and psychological injuries from which she is still suffering," stated the woman's solicitor.

Reference was made in the letter to the "spontaneous nature of hounds" and to "how dangerous it is to have a pack out in fields close to houses where they may be liable to stray and attack".

Following this disturbing incident, a court case was pending but it later emerged that there was an out-of-court settlement. For legal reasons, ICABS is unable to name the hunt in question.

These shocking revelations make it crystal clear that hunt hounds are not only a threat to wildlife, livestock and pets but also to children and adults. ICABS has renewed its appeal to the Gardai to restrict the movements of hunts in the interests of public safety. We have also alerted the government and cited this attack on a human as another reason to urgently ban hunting with hounds in Ireland.

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