Blue Cross warning after cat found caught in illegal trap18 Jun 2012
Blue Cross is warning pet owners in Devon to be extra vigilant after a cat was caught in an illegal snare left in a residential street.
The stray cat, now named Hunter, was brought to our Torbay rehoming centre after being rescued from the vicious metal trap, which had been left on a housing estate in nearby Torquay.
Poor Hunter was very distressed when he was found with his front paw caught and it looked like he’d been struggling to free himself for some time.
He was rescued by the RSPCA where he was given veterinary treatment before being transferred to Blue Cross.
Blue Cross centre manager Tim Sillis says: “It’s horrifying that someone left this trap out where pets, wildlife or even a playing child could have been injured.
“It’s lucky that someone found Hunter in time to save him, but these traps are so vicious - it could have been much worse.”
Hunter is now well on the road to recovery and waiting to find a happy new home where he can make a fresh start.
But there is still concern for other animals in the area. Tim adds: “Sadly, this is just the latest in number of incidents of cruelty to cats that we have come across.
“We have recently taken in a cat that had been shot with an airgun and have heard further reports of cats being poisoned or kicked.”
Anyone with information about the person responsible for setting this snare or other incidents of animal cruelty is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
If you’d love to give Hunter the fresh start he deserves, visit his rehoming page to find out more.