Yet more disturbing footage has been shared of the condition of hounds belonging to the Meynell & South Satffs Hunt after upsetting images showed the animals bloodied and bruised.

The group that filmed the footage was Manchester Hunt Sabs and they released the following statement on Facebook:

𝗛𝗒𝗨𝗑𝗗 π—”π—•π—¨π—¦π—˜ π—–π—’π—‘π—§π—œπ—‘π—¨π—˜π—¦ 𝗔𝗧 π—§π—›π—˜ π— π—˜π—¬π—‘π—˜π—Ÿπ—Ÿ & 𝗦𝗒𝗨𝗧𝗛 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗙𝗙𝗦 𝗛𝗨𝗑𝗧

"Today the hunt met at Far Coley Farm in Little Haywood. We arrived just in time to see them set off so sabs jumped out of vehicles and set off after them.True to form they spent the first hour of the day just running away in a futile attempt to put some distance between them and us.Unfortunately for Huntsman Robert Truscott there was sabs everywhere he turned. He finally settled on trying to hunt a tiny covert North East of Moreton Barn Farm, where the hounds did pick up a scent briefly but nothing came of it.From here he headed over to Yoxley Plantation where once again despite his best efforts the hounds failed to pick up on a scent.Leaving here they headed South towards Moreton House and managed to put a decent distance between the hounds and sabs meaning we lost sight of them for a brief period of time.With his new found freedom Robert jumped on to his second horse and started casting the hounds through some long grass south of Moreton Grange - and this is where we managed to catch up to him.

Image:Β Manchester Hunt Sabs

Realising he'd been found he spent a good while calling his hounds back out of the grass which gave us a good close up look at the hounds, and what a sorry state they are in. There were 3 hounds that were limping and unable to put weight on one or their front legs, and almost all of them had lacerations on their faces, presumably from forcing their way through thick brambles, the rest had some sticky gunk all under their eyes which was obviously bothering them as some hounds has rubbed their skin raw trying to scratch it.We pointed out to Robert Truscott, and his dog throwing Whipper In Sean Watts that the hounds were in no fit state to carry on hunting today. We demanded that they take them back to kennels and let a vet check them over.

If not then all of the cameras pointing at them would record clear evidence of them choosing to carry on hunting instead of caring for their hounds.Looking rather dejected Truscott at this point got on the phone to a vet and arranged for them to meet him at the kennels (at least that's what we heard but who knows if anyone was actually on the other end of that line)He then had a slow trot back to the meet to pack up at only 14:30.Whilst all this was happening we believe that Lincs Sabs saw two Foxes exit the long grass in the opposite direction of the hunt and covered the scent.The early finish, and the embarrassingly low turn out of field riders today shows that this hunt is feeling the impact of constant sab presence.

We have no doubt at all that they would have hunted until dark like usual had we not made a fuss over the state of their hounds. We're sure last week's videos of them throwing hounds over barbed wire fences played a huge part in today's decision to call it quits half way through the day.Let's hope Robert Truscott does the right thing and gets these hounds the veterinary care they need ... though we won't hold our breathe as we have all seen what the MFHA classes as 'proper veterinary care'

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Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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