Hunter’s owner was convicted after aggressive dogs bit his pet cat to death

Mini, a 14-year-old black cat, was ravaged by about six hunting dogs (Image: BPM Media)

A hunting master was sentenced after a group of dog kill a family’s pet cat.

Western Hunt boss John Sampson has been ordered to pay more than £1,600 after being found guilty of dangerously controlling at least one dog.

Mini, a 14-year-old black cat, was ravaged by about six hounds on a property in West Cornwall in March of this year.

The Truro Magistrates Court heard the incident was filmed on a cell phone by a neighbor of the cat’s owner, Carly Jose.

Footage shows Sampson’s son Edward, throwing the lifeless cat’s body over the fence into a neighbor’s back garden in Trafalgar Fields, Madron, Penzance.

Chris Rendell, prosecutor, told Sampson court his son and his son’s girlfriend were exercising with a pack of about 21 dogs in a field near the property on March 6.

About six dogs escaped from the main pack and entered the wormhole, where they chased, captured, and killed the cat.

Neighbor Charlie Knight filmed the incident on his cell phone, while another neighbor, Peter Nicholls, talked to Edward Sampson, a narcissist.

Mr Nicholls testified in court that he heard barking and a meow and went outside to see if it was one of his cats.

He said: ‘I was lying in bed watching TV when I heard the almighty rumble running past like hearing an elephant and I heard a cat meow so I jumped up and ran to another room.

‘I saw some dog tails, so I knew something was wrong.’

John Sampson was found guilty of being in charge of at least one dangerously out-of-control dog (Image: BPM Media)

Mr Nicholls said he grabbed his cane and went outside to see Edward Sampson. the cat got off the road and darted straight over the fence into my garden.

“I grabbed the stick in case I had to knock the hounds away from the cat, or they lunged at me.”

Asked what happened next, Mr Nicholls said: ‘He whipped two hounds away and walked past me, I said I saw what he did, and he said, “I beg you. error, I’ll be back in a minute”.

‘He then ran away and spoke to Carly on the side, apologized to her and said he was sorry and then ran towards the cot being chased by the guy who was filming him. “

Mr. Knight said he saw a pack of hounds chasing the cat, who tried to jump over the fence to escape, before it was grabbed by the cats.

He said: ‘A man showed up picking up the cat, looked around, which I recognized as he was looking for witnesses, then threw the black cat over the wooden fence into the back garden.

‘I saw the man running away, so I decided to follow him to get a clear shot of his face for the video. He told me that he would return once the hounds were sorted. ‘

An autopsy confirmed that Mini died from being ‘grabbed and shaken’ by at least one dog, with death occurring ‘quickly’.

Ms. Jose said the incident had a big impact on her family (Image: BPM Media)

Sampson, of St Buryan, Penzance, has denied criminal damage and is the owner or keeper of a dog that dangerously lost control in a private or public place.

He was acquitted of criminal damages but found guilty on the second count.

In a victim impact statement written after the incident, Ms Jose said the incident had affected her family ‘horribly’, leaving them scared to run away.

She said: ‘I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken and I cannot imagine the suffering she has gone through.

‘My kids barely sleep at night, they are so upset and terrified when that happens to another of our pets.’

Judges fined Sampson £480 and ordered him to pay £775 in costs, £48 in surcharges and £350 in compensation to Ms Jose.

Justice chair Brenda Counsell said: ‘There are a large number of dogs and their instinct is to hunt. When deciding on the fine, we took into account the location of the offense – in a quiet residential area – and the number of dogs involved in the attack.

‘We have also considered that you have no prior criminal record, and this is an isolated incident and there are no prior claims against these dogs.’

Martin Sims, League Against Cruel Sports’ investigative director, said: ‘This horrific incident illustrates the devastating fox hunts underway for local communities, domestic animals and wildlife. across the UK.

‘Enough is enough. It’s time for the Government and landowners to act and put the world of savage fox hunting in the history books. ‘

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