Cat caught in il­le­gal gin trap

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RSPCA Cymru is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter a cat re­turned home with an il­le­gal gin trap caught on her back left leg. Six-year-old Clover was found ex­tremely dis­tressed.

RSPCA Cymru is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter a cat re­turned to her home with an il­le­gal gin trap caught on her back left leg.

Six-year-old Clover was found ex­tremely dis­tressed by her owner who found her af­ter she man­aged to drag the trap to her home in Aber­cynon.

A neigh­bour man­aged to get some tools to prise the trap open and re­lease the leg and Clover was taken to a vet for emer­gency treat­ment.

The gin trap had been cov­ered in peanut but­ter.

RSPCA in­spec­tor Gemma Cooper said: “Clover must be made of strong stuff as luck­ily the trap did not break her leg, but it must have caused her a con­sid­er­able amount of pain and dis­tress. While who­ever set this trap prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect to cap­ture a cat, they still broke the law – it is il­le­gal to set a gin trap whether or not it catches any­thing.

“Gin traps have to be pur­pose­fully set in or­der to catch an an­i­mal so this can’t have been an ac­ci­dent and this one also had peanut but­ter on it.

“We are ap­peal­ing to any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent to please get in touch by call­ing our in­spec­torate ap­peal line in com­plete con­fi­dence on 0300 123 8018.

“We don’t know where this trap was set, which may have been set to catch a bad­ger.

“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.”

Clover has now re­turned home to her owner and is re­ceiv­ing on­go­ing treat­ment.

Gin traps are me­chan­i­cal traps de­signed to catch an an­i­mal by their leg, us­ing spring-op­er­ated jaws with teeth or a ser­rated edge.

If any le­gal spring trap has been mod­i­fied by hav­ing teeth cut into the jaws or fenc­ing sta­ples welded onto them, they are also il­le­gal.

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.

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 one. Any­one found guilty of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to an an­i­mal faces an un­lim­ited fine and/or six months in prison.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact the RSPCA in­spec­torate ap­peal line on 0300 123 8018.

Calls are treated in con­fi­dence.

Clover the cat who was caught in an il­le­gal gin trap

The il­le­gal gin trap

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