A cat faces the shocking prospect of potentially having his leg amputated after getting caught in an ‘illegal gin trap’ in Wrexham.
The male ginger cat – named Tigger Bob – returned to his Maelor Avenue home in Penycae, with the device trapped to his leg.
Yesterday Wrexham.com reported that a “trap baited with cat food” had been set on the street, with North Wales Police Rural Crime Team describing the incident as “horrendously cruel”.
However is unclear who put the trap down, or the circumstances behind how the poor cat came to be caught by the gin trap. The incident is believed to have taken place on Wednesday.
Sadly, a veterinary practice has now told the cat’s owner that Tigger Bob may now require a leg amputation – though that situation is being monitored.
The RSPCA has said “Gin traps are spring-operated and designed to catch animals. The device used in this incident is illegal to set and use, although not illegal to own.”
The incident has prompted RSPCA Cymru to launch an appeal for information; with anyone aware of how the gin trap may have been set in or around the Penycae to contact the charity’s appeal line.
RSPCA spokesperson Kia Thomas said: “This is such a sad incident, and Tigger Bob’s owners are understandably devastated.
“Gin traps can cause gruesome injuries to animals, and setting this device would constitute an illegal offence.
“This poor cat was found back at home after getting his leg stuck in the trap. I shudder to think at the excruciating pain he must have endured.”
Anyone with information as to how this cat may have got caught up in this gin trap in or around the Penycae is urged to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.
The police are also appealing for information, for calls via the 101 number, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.