Scottish SPCA warning after cat found trapped in homemade snare in Edinburgh

Scotland’s animal charity have warned pet owners to stay “vigilant” after a male cat was found trapped in a homemade snare on Grigor Avenue.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:56 am

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The charity was contacted by the owner of the four-year-old cat named Rufus on June 4 after she found him trapped in the snare.

Thankfully Rufus had a lucky escape and was released from the trap uninjured, but was severely distressed by the ordeal.

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Rufus the cat was "lucky" to survive after being trapped in a homemade snare.

Scottish SPCA senior inspector, Stuart Murray, said it was clear the snare was homemade and issued a reminder that these traps are illegal.

He said: “Rufus’ owner kept the snare to show us and it was clear this was homemade as it was made from regular thin wire, not snare wire.

“If it had been snare wire, Rufus may not have been so lucky.

“We are urging pet owners in the area to be vigilant, and anyone with any information to contact us immediately.

“Although the Scottish SPCA are calling for a complete ban on the use of snares, they are still legal to catch certain wildlife if restrictions are adhered to.

“This is not the case when a homemade snare is being used.

“Snares do not discriminate and can cause both wildlife and domestic animals a great amount of unnecessary suffering.

“Anyone with any information should contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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