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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Compensation paid for dog's death
Dogs from the Tiverton Staghounds
A Devon hunt has paid compensation to a woman whose dog was attacked by a pack of hounds.

Catherine Hodgson's terrier-cross Poppy had to be put down after the attack on 12 August because of its injuries.

The joint master of Tiverton Staghounds said 1,000 compensation has been paid and the hunt has apologised.

John Lucas said the attack at East Worlington near Crediton was a "rare occurrence" and the two hounds involved have been destroyed.

It's the first time we've ever had anything like this happen
John Lucas, Tiverton Staghounds

Mr Lucas told BBC News the hunt was on hound exercise when the attack happened.

He said as the hunt passed Mrs Hodgson's property two terriers had come out into the road and into the middle of the pack and one was attacked.

"I've been joint master for more than 20 years and the hunt's been here for more than 30 years and it's the first time we've ever had anything like this happen", he said

Mr Lucas said Mrs Hodgson had accepted the compensation and an offer has also been made to pay her vet's bill and any other expenses.

Catherine Hodgson, a magistrate from East Worlington near Crediton, said she had tried in vain to beat the two hunting dogs away and claimed she even used her body as a human shield to try to stop them.

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