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Gang ‘training dogs to kill’ on the loose as warnings issued to pet owners

A group of terrified pet owners claim their beloved animals will die at the hands of a 'rampaging gang training dogs to kill'.

The residents say the gang using "up to six hunting dogs" are preying on cats in east Hull estates as "bait" to train the dogs for illegal lamping, hunting and hare coursing.

Tina Agius, 62, and her two dogs were the victims of an attack on Falkland Road last Wednesday resulting in one of her pets being seriously injured.

A campaign has now been launched to make people aware of the gang's activities and the police say they are investigating.

Tina's daughter Simone, 39, told HullLive : "It was three guys who had between four and six hunting dogs.

"My mum asked them to put the dogs on leads and they laughed at her. One of the dogs ran at my mum and her dogs, so she picked them up."

"The dog then attacked her and knocked her to the ground to get hold of the dogs. It took one and savaged it and then tossed it into a bush before then came back to get the other dog.

"My mum was injured and couldn’t get up off the floor.

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"The men who lost control of the dogs swore at my mum and said she was causing a scene. They then got their own dogs and ran off."

Police say the shocking incident took place at 11am on Wednesday, October 21, on a cycle track in the Falkland Road area of Hull.

"It’s reported that the victim’s dog was attacked by a lurcher-type dog walking in the opposite direction and that as she went to intervene, a second animal – also believed to be a lurcher – knocked her to the floor," Humberside Police said in a statement.

"The victim’s dog sustained serious injuries and is still receiving treatment, whilst the woman suffered injuries to her hand and face.

"If you witnessed the incident and haven’t spoken to our teams, please call our non-emergency 101 line, quoting incident number 16/109029/20."

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