Kitten returns home missing a leg
An Auckland cat owner was left feeling ‘‘sick’’ after her kitten returned home with a severed leg.
Vicki Williams’ 4-month-old kitten Ginge went missing from her Parnell home, only to return four days later missing a leg.
‘‘When he came back I had no idea what had happened to him,’’ Williams said.
A local vet determined that Ginge’s leg was chopped off by a gin trap, she said.
Now residents in the upmarket suburb are worried their cats are being targeted by someone setting illegal gin traps.
‘‘It makes me a bit sick,’’ Williams said.
‘‘It was lucky he managed to get away.’’
Ginge underwent surgery and, because the wound had become infected, was still in vet care.
The incident was reported to the SPCA.
The New Zealand Cat Foundation chairman Anne Batley Burton, who had looked after Parnell’s stray cats for more than 15 years, said she was outraged to hear about the incident.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Andrea Midgen said the use of gin traps was illegal within 150 metres of a dwelling without the express permission of the resident.
She said it was ‘‘completely unacceptable’’.
Anyone with information can contact the SPCA on 09 256 7300.
Ginge the kitten had his leg chopped off while roaming Parnell. A vet says it was the result of getting caught in a gin trap.