A group of hunters and protesters gathered in the Worcestershire countryside to rescue a terrified and injured dog who fell into an 8ft pit. The video above shows how they put their differences aside to save the terrified animal.
Lynn Sawyer of Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs encountered the trapped dog screaming for help in Berrow, Malvern. He had disappeared on a hunt in Ledbury while trapped in the well.
Lynn and her animal rights colleagues immediately alerted hunt organizers and a groom to the scene, deep in the woods. They then worked together, descending into the abandoned building to pull the muddy dog called “Gospel” out of the slurry.
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It happened at 4:30 p.m. with weather against them as it was getting dark, deep in the woods on Friday, February 25.
Lynn, a 54-year-old vegan, member of Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs for 28 years, said: “I heard a dog screaming for help. The dog was trapped at the bottom of an 8 foot pit in a load of slurry.
“She had injured her paws and was trying to get out. She was cold, shivering and covered in mud. I’m just glad we managed to get her out of there together and I heard she was recovering good .
“It’s not personal,” Lynn said. “We all know who we are. I realize there has been a lot of violence at hunts across the country between fox hunters and protesters in the past, but we always help a person or animal, including a dog or a horse. I like to think they (the hunters) would help us if we had a car accident. When the chips are down, we help each other.
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The Ledbury Hunt hosts events twice a week. Lynn said she was aware of around eight hunts in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire taking place most days of the week.
The Ledbury Hunt, which began in 1846, says the dogs are known to have hunted the area around Ledbury for at least 300 years. On its website, The Hunt states: “The unfair ban on hunting introduced in 2005 has led to a different form of hunting and it has been difficult for the Joint Masters and Hunt Staff to maintain continuity, but with respect of the law.
“None of this would be possible without the support of a large number of enthusiastic people of whom farmers and landowners are most important. There is every confidence that the ban will eventually be overturned and traditional hunting methods in the land of Ledbury will be restored.”
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