Warwickshire Hunt hounds rampaged through the village of Idilicote, near Shipston, this past Saturday hunting through a graveyard in St James Church where one hound was seen fouling.
A spokesperson for West midlands Hunt Sabobteurs, who witnessed the incident, said: “This is extremely arrogant and highly disrespectful behaviour from the Warwickshire Hunt, they seem to think they can do what they want when they want.
“No one from the hunt seemed bothered that the hounds were in the graveyard and no one bothered to pick up the dog poo from the graveyard.
“The huntsman was nowhere to be seen as all this was unfolding, the hounds were out of control and left to run rampant.
“There seems to be a common theme with the Warwickshire Hunt that no matter where they go or which village they happen to be near at some point it seems guaranteed that their hounds will rampage all over the place completely out of control either causing chaos or being highly disrespectful.
“You’d have to ask why this keeps happening? Why do they keep losing control of their hounds? And why on earth did they end up in a graveyard in a church? Not long before this incident occurred we saw a fox running from the hounds.
They added: “If the Warwickshire Hunt can’t control their hounds they shouldn’t be taking them out into the countryside.”
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The Warwickshire Hunt were hunting a fox behind houses in Horley near Banbury. The hounds then rampaged through people’s front and back gardens upsetting many of the local residents who wanted to know why there was a pack of hounds running rampant all over their garden. The Hunts Stewards seemed more intent on harassing sabs rather than dealing with the hounds.
A spokesperson for the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “It seems that wherever the Warwickshire Hunt go they seem to cause complete chaos they are constantly upsetting and distressing the local residents.
“This is not the first time the Warwickshire Hunt hounds have rampaged through locals’ front and back gardens and unfortunately it’s unlikely to be the last.
“You would have to seriously question why if they are doing nothing wrong that their hounds always seem to end up all over the place.
“If the Warwickshire Hunt put as much time and effort in to controlling their hounds as they do to harassing and abusing saboteurs then these incidents may not happen. As it stands however the Warwickshire Hunt shouldn’t be taking their hounds out into the countryside as they clearly have no control over them.”