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I recently witness Hunting Hounds on a main A road. They

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Hi I recently witness Hunting Hounds on a main A road. They ran across and up and down the carriageway. If I had not waved down on coming traffic hounds would have been hit by cars and there may have been collisions of vehicles. Large lorries had to apply air brakes full on to stop to allow the hounds to cross the road. This continued for 30 minutes.
There was little or no effort made to control the hounds. The incident was filmed.
Please can you help me identify the law that can be used to prosecute. Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Sorry but what are you hoping to prosecute for ?
If you are think of the offence under the Road Traffic Act then the police will not be interested. I can guarantee it. You can take the footage to them but I would not waste your time. In any event this is not a restricted road and so the offence is not made out.
The Dangerous Dogs Act doesn't apply because the dogs were neither out of control or dangerous within the meaning of S10.
They may well have been running on the road but that doesn't amount to 'out of control' as there is no reasonable apprehension that they would injure any person which is the test.
To be wholly honest, the police have never been interested in fox hunting. The RSPCA have declared that they will no longer prosecute.
I wouldn't waste your time upon this. No offence is made out from the facts you describe.
Can I clarify anything for you?