Tonight on ITV news it was revealed that a hunt in Snowdonia had all it’s hounds taken from them, you can watch the news clip here.
Whilst we don’t know the details of the investigation, what we do know is that this hunt has some very serious history, back in 2018 the master of the hunt was caught badger baiting and dog fighting. You can read more about it here.
David Thomas, the master of the hunt was banned from keeping dogs for 8 years and sent to prison for 22 weeks, at the time the longest sentence possible for animal cruelty offences was 26 weeks. That maximum has recently been upped to 5 years.
What is particularly surprising is that the Masters of Foxhounds Association, allowed Mr.Thomas to remain affiliated to them, retaining his position as “Master of Foxhounds” during a stint in prison and afterwards even though he’s banned from keeping dogs. Perhaps just paying your membership entitles to do whatever you like and the MFHA will look the other way whilst taking the money?
Screenshots of Bailys hunt directory are taken regularly, most recently was about 3 weeks ago, we reveal here that Dwryryd hunt were indeed still affiliated to the MFHA when the raid took place today:
Contact details from Baileys listing back in 2018 when the first offences took place:
Tel: 01766 830661
Miss Jane Fazakerle
Tel: 01766 831424
Mob: 07918 011016