Hunting fears after fox found beheaded

Fox hunts still meet in many areas despite the ban (see letter)

Fox hunts still meet in many areas despite the ban (see letter)

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A Lostock Hall resident fears the area could be home to fox hunters after one was found mutilated with its head cut off.

The woman, who did not want to be named due to threats of violence, says she has found several dead foxes in the area over the past six months.

I don’t want to use my name because when I’ve confronted these people I’ve been threatened with violence

The fox was found in a ditch near a footpath on Todd Hall Lane by the resident when she was walking her dog and she says violence towards animals is nothing new to the area.

She said: “I often see people letting their vicious dogs off the lead to chase other animals. It’s their idea of fun and it’s disgusting.

“I don’t want to use my name because when I’ve confronted these people I’ve been threatened with violence. I really hate to say it but these people are sadistic thugs.

“The fox looks like it has been torn apart by a dog and the head taken as some kind of sick trophy. I know who has done it and have reported their name to the police.”

The resident has also reported the incident to the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports.

The police confirmed it does receive calls about dead foxes but said there is no regularity to the calls nor are they specific to any area.

But woman who reported the issues thinks more needs to be done.

She said: “I think the locals of Lostock Hall just need to be a bit more aware. This sort of thing is happening in their area and it’s going unnoticed to some of them.

“If lots of people start saying something every time they see something suspicious then they might realise what they are doing is wrong. At the moment they’re just getting away with it and it’s horrible.

“All manner of people use those footpaths including children and this is not something they should be seeing.”

A League Against Cruel Sports spokesperson said: “It is clear from the reports we receive through our League Against Cruel Sports Crimewatch Line that there is a small, but brutal minority of people who enjoy making animals suffer.

“We reported this particular case to the Lancashire Police and our own investigations team is also looking into it.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “This sounds like a distressing sight for passers by to see. Anyone with any information relating to this is urged to report it to the RSPCA advice line by calling 0300 1234 999.