Cat loses leg in illegal gin trap
'Horrendous' traps a danger to humansSALLY KIDSON
The SPCA is looking for the owner of a cat whose leg had to be amputated after it was caught in an "illegal and highly dangerous" gin trap.
The cat, a handsome large neutered tabby, was found inside the Hope School grounds on Saturday, August 11.
Nelson SPCA staff have called the cat Jim.
Manager Donna Walzl said Jim had been in a huge amount of pain and its wound was starting to become infected.
The SPCA had kept the cat on pain relief and made the decision to amputate its front leg after they could not find its owners.
"Due to the damage that was done that was the only option for the cat."
Halifax Vet clinic carried out the expensive operation at a reduced price for the animal welfare organisation.
Jim was yesterday taken back to the SPCA after surgery and was recovering well.
Mrs Walzl said she believed the cat was found in bushes near the school office by someone walking their dog. The person rang the SPCA.
It was not known if the cat had dragged itself with the gin trap still attached into the school grounds. She believed this would have been quite hard to do because of the weight of the trap.
She said the cat was found in an area were children had been looking for a lost marble the day before.
Mrs Walzl said the traps had been illegal for some time, but unfortunately some people still used them. She had tried to set the gin trap and it needed a lot of strength.
"The force behind that hanging on an animal's leg is horrendous."
The trap could cause injuries to humans.
Hope School principal Dave Pritchard said he believed the cat was a stray and had dragged itself to the school grounds. One possibility was that it had been dumped in the country.
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