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Pet owners warned over animal traps

Reporter: LUCY KENDERDINE
Date online: 10 June 2014

RESIDENTS are concerned for the safety of their pets after a cat was caught in a snare on recently cleared land on the Foxdenton development site.

Sightings of possible poachers using guns to hunt and kill animals in Chadderton have also been reported.

Jon Baylis, who lives in Derwent Drive, said his cat George was caught in a wire noose attached to a stake.

Mr Baylis (39) said: “My cat regularly visits the fields on the Foxdenton site. Luckily my neighbour spotted my cat with the metal wire wrapped round its neck and managed to remove the snare.

“The fields are regularly used by dog-walkers, so maybe other traps will be found.”

Snares are usually set to catch foxes or rabbits. But an RSPCA survey showed only a third of the animals caught in snares were the intended victims. Cats, deer, hedgehogs and squirrels are also frequently caught.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “We are opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any traps that cause suffering. Anyone with information about who is setting the snares is urged to call the RSPCA appeal line (0300-123 8018).”

Oldham Council is also urging anyone who comes across a snare trap to report it to Environmental Health on 0161-770 2244.

The police advise anyone who spots suspicious activity to contact them as soon as possible.

Comments

Mr Baylis (39) said: “My cat regularly visits the fields on the Foxdenton site."

So you are happy to say you allow your cat to freely kill wild birds and young animals?
Pot meet kettle.

Just goes to show what low-life are living amongst us. Absolute scum!

MyNamesUnavailable... that's called nature, setting traps is vicious and cruel, and definitely not natural (or is it in your world?). Anyway I know that the cat in question wears a bell so I don't think it will catch many birds. After the destruction of the trees on that particular site I would be very surprised if it could find anything to kill anyway!

I keep my cats indoors one of my cats is 18 years old and has never needed the vet and she still has good health, your cats live longer if you keep them indoors. As for the person laying these traps what a scumbag for hurting innocent cute animals.

Obviously your not a pet owner MyNamesUnavailable with that ridiculous comment you have come out with, why don't you just say that it's not right that kestrels kill other birds and mice.

I am not defending the scumbags setting these traps.

All I am saying is that cats are not native to UK, they do MASSIVE damage to our wildlife, and are free to spread disease and defecate wherever.
Be responsible for your pets, if a dog kills a cat, would you all scream "That's just nature"?
No you wouldn't.

 

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