Hereford & Worcester

North Ledbury hunt apologises after hounds attack alpacas

One of the injured animals
Image caption One alpacas suffered leg injuries

A hunt in Herefordshire has apologised and promised to pay vet bills after its hounds attacked a herd of alpacas.

The animals were in a paddock in Suckley, Herefordshire, when they were attacked by the hounds at about 08:00 BST on Saturday.

Owner Rachel Simon said: "They cornered one who has the most severe injuries and he had three or four dogs just hanging off him."

Valerie Allfrey from North Ledbury Hunt said they "regretted the incident".

"The hunt are paying for any veterinary expenses which were required at the time," she said.

Ms Simon said a vet spent two hours treating and stitching the animals' injuries on the morning of the attack.

"One of the alpacas is limping and he's got wounds that are weeping and swollen, so I am going to be calling the vet out again today," she said.

Ms Simon said she now wants a reassurance that the hunt will not come on to her property again.

The hunt have already repaired fences that were damaged by their hounds.

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