A hunt master appeared at Truro Magistrates Court today to face 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 pleaded not guilty to 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.”

A trial date has been set for 2pm on Friday, October 8 at Truro Magistrates.

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


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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).