BUS passengers watched on in horror as a pack of hounds caught a fox and began “tearing it to pieces” in the middle of a main road in Carmarthen.
Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed it is investigating the incident, which took place on the A40 near Abergwili shortly after 10.30am on Saturday.
Witnesses said the chase came down from the wooded area above and onto the busy road between Abergwili and Whitemill.
It is believed that the incident resulted in one of the dogs colliding with a car.
The incident was witnessed by bus passengers, one of whom took this picture. It is unclear which hunt the dogs belonged to.
A spokesman for the Carmarthenshire Hunt confirmed that it was 20 miles away from the incident — in the Pendine area — on Saturday, and had confirmed this to police.
The picture was posted on the Spotted Carmarthen Facebook page, along with the comment: “This morning on the A40 just coming out of Abergwili a group of hunting dogs came running down from the forest on the hill onto the busy road with a fox and started tearing it to pieces.”
The comment added that one of the dogs was involved in a collision with a car, adding “it was one the most horrible things to experience”.
The post sparked a flurry of activity on social media sites, attracting more than 1,600 comments both in favour and against hunting with hounds.
Countryside Alliance regional director Rachel Evans said there were “many registered and unregistered packs” of hunting dogs operating across the area.
She did not wish to comment further as she was not fully aware of the incident. A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: “Dyfed-Powys are investigating an incident which happened on the A40 between Abergwili and Whitemill shortly after 10.30am Saturday.
“The incident involved a pack of hunting dogs and a fox. As part of the investigation officers have been speaking with witnesses and members of the hunt to establish what happened.
“These inquiries are ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.”
An RSPCA spokesman said the charity was not investigating the incident.
The Hunting Act 2004, which bans the hunting of wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales, came into force on February 18, 2005.
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