Two dogs have died after a pack foxhounds broke off from their morning walk and chased another dog onto the A47 in Peterborough.
The animals were spotted on the eastbound carriageway near the Bretton/Thorpe Wood junction at about 7.40am this morning (Tuesday, August 25).
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said officers went to the scene and controlled traffic, but it appeared that two dogs had been killed.
It later emerged that the dogs had come from the nearby Milton Park. The foxhounds belonged to the Fitzwilliam Hunt.
A spokesman for the Milton Hall estate, where the hunt has its kennels, said: “At approximately 7.30am this morning the Fitzwilliam foxhounds were being walked through Milton Park to meet the hunt horses prior to the start of daily hound exercise. At the same time a spaniel and retriever were unexpectedly being walked in the same area of the park.
“A small group of hounds broke away from the main pack and together with the spaniel ran through an area of woodland onto the eastbound carriageway of the A47. Regrettably the spaniel and a foxhound were killed by a passing car unable to take evasive action.
“The police attended the scene. So far as we are aware no-one was injured but one vehicle was damaged in this unfortunate and regrettable incident.”
The road was blocked while the rest of the foxhounds were rounded up. The police spokesman said the road was cleared just before 9am.