Hartpury College has been working with Gloucestershire Police to investigate the circumstances of an incident involving an injured fox cub near the college on 5 June 2017. We have concluded that the fox cub was injured in a road traffic accident involving some of our students. One of the students acted to dispatch the injured fox to cease its suffering.
The college and the police are satisfied that the decision to end the fox’s life was made only with the intention to end its suffering and this was not an act of animal cruelty. We are supporting the RSPCA with their ongoing investigations.
What has made this incident even more distressing was the filming and sharing of this on social media. We consider this to be completely unacceptable and have made this clear to our students; disciplinary action will be taken.
We will work with students, staff and external agencies such as the RSPCA to continue to uphold the highest standards of animal welfare.