Hound killed on the A1 at Claypole after 'losing track of artificial scent'
A hound that was killed on the A1 had lost track of the artificial scent it was following and strayed, says the South Nottinghamshire Hunt.
The hunt was holding its New Year's Day meet when the dog strayed on to the A1 near Claypole.
Nottinghamshire Police were called to the A1 at around 2.45pm yesterday following reports of dogs running on the carriageway.
The road was closed in both directions, with one dog quickly recovered, but another was reported dead at the scene.
A statement from the South Notts Hunt said: “We can confirm that one of our hounds sadly lost its life after being hit by a vehicle following our New Year’s Day meet.
"The hunt was trail-hunting to comply with the Hunting Act when it would appear that a few hounds drifted away from the scent that had been laid for them and found themselves on a road.
“Thankfully incidents of this nature are very rare but it was, of course, distressing for all those concerned.
"Our thoughts are with the driver of the vehicle and with our hunt staff who devote their lives to looking after the hounds on a daily basis and care deeply for each and every one of the pack.”
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