Kit­ten re­turns home miss­ing a leg

East and Bays Courier - - P13 P46 - CATRIN OWEN

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.

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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.

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