Devon and Cornwall Police have concluded their investigation into the death of Mini the cat after she was killed by the Western Hunt back in March. The sickening incident was captured on video as out of control hounds from the hunt rampaged through a quiet residential street before attacking and killing the family’s beloved rescue animal.You can support the campaign for Mini’s Law and sign the petition here.
Inspector Rebecca Le Cheminant, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Police have been conducting a thorough investigation including interview of potential witnesses and persons who were present at the scene.
“A specialist trained wildlife liaison officer has diligently progressed all possible lines of enquiry, sought evidence and spoken to members of the public. Police would like to thank everyone who has come forward to assist our enquiries which has included liaising with the RSPCA and a specialist pathologist from Bristol.
“Police have submitted a file for review by our local criminal justice unit. The office in charge of the investigation is keeping the owner of the pet fully updated in full compliance with the Victim’s code.
“It is a difficult time for all parties concerned and the response of the local community has greatly assisted.”
Last month we sat down with Carly Jose, Mini’s guardian, and spoke to her about the horrible incident that took place and the campaign that she has since launched to ensure this never happens again.
"He looks behind and then he throws, and I know the distance he threw her, and then he got someone to check the hedge from the hunt for her, after and we were all freaking out thinking they’d got another cat and then we realised she’s come up to get Mini, but Mini hit a tree in the garden,halfway in the garden and fell down but he literally launched her as far as he could get her.
It was instinct to check he wasn’t being watched then get rid of evidence, Mini was evidence to him that’s all she was.
They just think they’re gonna carry on as normal,they’re just hoping for the best outcome for them, they’re not hoping for the best for us ort he wildlife or any other animal, they just want to carry on with what they were doing and get away with this and they’ve taken the most important thing they could of taken off us so I will do everything I can to stop them.
What he’s did and how he’s caught proves everything.
The Government should back Mini’s Law (Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021) to ensure safety to the public and animals from hunting activity, such as trail hunts and exercise of hunting hounds.
There are many incidents involving hunting hounds and the situation is now dangerously out of control. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident with a recent report finding that as of March 2021 there is on average one reported incident every two weeks.
Legislation should be introduced to prohibit any activity involving hunting hounds, such as trail hunts and hound exercise, taking place in a residential area or in any other public place.
You can sign the petition here.