THE owner of a pet dog that was left fighting for its life after it was attacked by hounds is calling for a ban on hunting.
Margrit and Renee Jaggli's four sons were with their pet dog Kas (pictured) when it was attacked.
The boys – aged 10, 13, 16 and 17 – were playing in the woods when hounds from the Carlow Farmers' Hunt attacked the terrier.
Gardai in Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, have launched an investigation into the alleged incident at Bahana Wood, north of St Mullins, in Co Carlow.
The couple are originally from Switzerland but have lived in Ireland for the last 15 years. Ms Jaggli said: "These hounds were just out of control. The five dogs followed Renee even after he had picked up the dog."
Kas was seriously injured in the attack.
The Carlow Farmers' Hunt has offered to pay the vet bills for Kas's treatment.