Police have been informed of an incident in which a fox was allegedly kept captive in a brick building in Stainby, on land owned by Buckminster Estate, in the days prior to a meeting of the Belvoir Hunt nearby.
The League Against Cruel Sports said it was tipped off about the fox and one of its members released it. The incident was reported to police.
The League took a video and posted it on its website.
A spokesman said: “Suspicions were raised when our team noted that the Belvoir Hunt, which meets within a mile of the building, were due to hold a hunt on Thursday, December 17.
“On the day before the hunt was due to meet, a man arrived, checked in on the fox, then left. We had what we needed, so we moved in. The door was unlocked so we were able to safely capture the fox and take him to a wildlife hospital. He was dehydrated but otherwise not too poorly.
“Back at the building, on the morning of the hunt, the man reappeared. He was carrying an empty sack, and a pole with a net attached. Clearly he had come to collect the fox.”
A Lincolnshire police spokesman said: “On December 16 the League Against Cruel Sports reported to us that they had been to a location in Stainby and recovered a fox from an electrical substation where it had been shut for a number of days. The fox was taken to a wildlife hospital for treatment. Our wildlife officers are aware and the matter was also referred to the RSPCA.”
A hunt spokesman said: “The Belvoir Hunt has no knowledge or involvement in this matter. They absolutely reject any suggestion that this has anything whatsoever to do with any of its staff or members.”
The Buckminster Estate said the man seen at the outbuilding was one of its employees but it was confident that none of its employees “have acted in an illegal or improper way”.