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|“||Ackland here. (Dr. Boycott: Mr. Ackland. I wonder if you'd consider doing a small job for me.) Uh, who's this I'm talking to? (Dr. Boycott: Boycott, Dr. Robert Boycott. I'm with the Lawson Park experimental station in Coniston.) Alright. What kind of job? (Dr. Boycott: Well, I understand that there are two dogs, that have been worrying sheep up near Thirlmere. If you'd have time, I'd be most grateful if you could see your way clear to ensuring that they don't do anymore damage.)||„|
| ~ Ackland.|
Ackland is a supporting antagonist in Martin Rosen's 1982 animated film The Plague Dogs, which is based on the 1977 novel by Richard Adams. He is a bounty hunter who is hired by Dr. Boycott to take down Rowf and Snitter.
He was voiced by Geoffrey Matthews.
Ackland is a bounty hunter who usually likes to hunt other animals for trophies. After Snitter accidentally kills a wealthy farmer, Dr. Boycott phones Ackland and offers him a job to hunt down the two dogs. Ackland gets his rifle ready and heads out after Rowf and Snitter.
After the police try to catch Snitter, Rowf and the Tod rescue him before they could capture him. After the incident, Ackland finds the dogs' original hideout, but only finds their tracks.
While the dogs and the Tod are trying to escape from the hunters and to the sea, Ackland tracks them down past the rock circle. He is then seen walking past the small pond the dogs were at the other day.
On a snowy day, Rowf and Snitter begin to starve and Ackland is hot on their trail. The next day, Ackland finds the two dogs and goes up a steep hillside on Dow Crag to shoot them, unaware that the Tod is stalking him. As he takes aim on Rowf, the Tod jumps him and he only succeeds in shooting off Rowf's collar. Ackland falls to his death and his corpse is scavenged by the starving dogs. His half-eaten corpse was later found by the authorities and the hunt for the dogs is brought to a national level as the military is involved to hunt down the dogs.
While Boycott is having a conversation with Lynn Driver, he receives a call and learns about the incident of Ackland's death. He realizes that Rowf's collar is shot off and he sends someone to the station.
- In the book, Ackland never existed. Instead, the hunter who fell off the cliff was a bank clerk named Geoffrey Westcott, who only wanted to hunt the dogs down for raiding his groceries.
- Despite being hired by Boycott, he is never seen interacting with him onscreen.
- The scene where the military finds his eaten corpse was cut from the theatrical version, because the audience felt like pets were not supposed to eat humans.