A FAMILY pet was attacked and savaged by a pack of up to 25 hounds owned by the Carlow Farmers Hunt at the weekend.
The incident took place when a family, including four children aged 10 to 17, was out walking their pet terrier, Cas, at Bohanna Wood, St. Mullin's.
The pet dog, owned by Rene and Margaret Jaggli, was on the lead when the attack happened in a public area of the woods.
'One dog was biting him on the legs, another on his neck and another in the chest. The three were pulling at him from different directions,' said Rene.
' They tore open his side. You could see his ribcage. We tried to keep them away, but it was like a monster with 10 heads,' said Rene.
The badly-savaged terrier is now being treated on a drip at a local vets, with the next 48 hours said to be critical.
A member of the hunt told local radio that the incident should not have happened but was sparked when the terrier barked at the hounds.