A hunt master faces police charges after a cat was mauled to death in Cornwall earlier this year by the pack of hounds belonging to the Western Hunt.

John Lanyon Sampson, aged 55, of St Buryan, is due to appear before Truro Magistrates’ Court on 22 July where he will face charges of criminal damage and being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a private or public place.

Martin Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “We welcome the fact that Devon and Cornwall Police have investigated this case and brought charges. We can only hope justice is done.”

The incident involved a 14-year-old cat called Mini who was attacked outside her owner’s home on a housing estate in Cornwall.

The cat’s owner, Carly Jose, said her children “cried themselves to sleep” after the incident.

She added:“Me and my children are relieved that the hunt master has been charged. Nothing will bring Mini back or take away the trauma Mini and we have been through."

A member of the hunt turned up afterwards offering money but Carly refused saying that it was “absolutely disgusting.”

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The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused, and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).