NORTH Wales Police have released shocking footage after it is believed a fox was brutally savaged by a pack of hounds.

The force's Rural Crime Team has uploaded a video to Twitter showing the animal in a bid to appeal to the public for any information about the crime.

It is thought the fox was unlawfully killed in the Caernarfon area sometime on Saturday, February 16.

In the attack, the dog had its belly and back ripped open and its lip was left hanging off.

PC Dewi Evans, of the Rural Crime Team, said: "We are appealing for information after a fox was killed in the Caernarfon area.

"We believe it was killed by a pack of foxhounds."

Speaking on the video released on social media, he said: "This fox has clearly been attacked by a dog which is completely unlawful.

"If anyone has any information that could help us find who is responsible, that would be great.

"There were about 15 fox hounds in the area at the time, so that just might help the public help us identify who is responsible."