THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was caught by an illegal gin trap in Abergwynfi.
A member of the public called the RSPCA on Monday [13 July] after their cat Button was found with a gin trap on its leg. The cat had made it as far as the caller’s neighbour who released the cat from the trap. The trap had trapped her left paw and she is now receiving treatment at a veterinary surgery.
RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis said: “We don’t know where the trap could have come from. There is a lot of land near-by so it could have been anywhere.”
Gin traps are mechanical traps designed to catch an animal by its leg, using spring-operated jaws with teeth or a serrated edge. The use of gin traps has been outlawed in the UK since 1958, but some are still being illegally used to catch animals such as rabbits and foxes.
“If anyone has any information about this incident, please get in touch. Please ring our inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence,” added inspector de Celis.
“We would also ask local people to be vigilant to keep an eye out for these traps. Not only is it illegal to set a gin trap, it is also illegal to cause an animal to suffer as a result, and domestic animals often fall foul of these traps.”
The sale or possession of such traps is not illegal, but the RSPCA wants to make people aware that they can face prosecution by setting a gin trap.
Anyone found guilty of setting a gin trap faces a maximum £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison.
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.
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The owner of the cat is willing to speak to the press.
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