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‘His face was swollen out of all proportion’ - Cat caught in Fenn Trapp near Aylsham dies due to severe injuries

PUBLISHED: 13:57 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 16 February 2017

The cat with its head stuck in a Fenn trap. Picture: RSPCA

The cat with its head stuck in a Fenn trap. Picture: RSPCA

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A cat which was left fighting for its life after getting its head caught in a lethal Fenn Trap has died.

The Fenn Trap. Picture: RSPCAThe Fenn Trap. Picture: RSPCA

The animal, nicknamed Curiosity, had to be put down by vets due to the severity of the injuries caused by the device.

It was found off Wood Lane in Burgh, near Aylsham, on Saturday by RSPCA officers who said the animal was in a distressed state.

The male tabby was feared to have suffered brain damage and its claws had worn away from attempts to escape from the trap.

A spokesman for RSPCA today confirmed that Curiosity had been put to sleep by vets at Companion Care, in Longwater.

“Very sadly, they could do nothing to save her as the damage was to severe, “ the spokesman said.

“The vets said for welfare reasons they could not do anything to save her, and so she had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

It had been hoped that the animal would recover as a potential new home had already been found.

The RSPCA said Curiosity did not have a microchip and its owners were unknown.

Information is still being sought as to where the Fenn Trap came from and who set it.

Llewelyn Lowen, scientific officer for the RSPCA, said: “There are strict legal conditions on setting these types of traps and not setting them in the right way can mean that you are committing an offence.

“These traps should be set in such a way to prevent them killing or injuring a domestic animal and so we urge people to think carefully before using them.”

A Fenn trap is a spring trap commonly used for catching wildlife including grey squirrels, stoats, rats and mice.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said: “This poor cat had somehow got his head completely stuck, face-down, in this lethal trap. We don’t know how long he would have been wandering about like that.

“His face was swollen out of all proportion. He could not open his eyes at all, and his mouth just a small distance.

• Anyone with information about the owner of the trap should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

• More - Cat’s face was “swollen out of all proportion”

5 comments

  • Poor cat. As for the rats, grey (note grey! so no outrage required) squirrels and stoats that are the usual ones with worn away claws trying to desperately escape from these evil traps, who cares eh? Only some animals are worthy of our empathy- all the others can die as viciously as is economical.

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    dan

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Poor Little thing. It was the best thing to do and not to let it suffer more.

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    turnover

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • As if the trap isn't sad enough, the poor cat is put to sleep as it's owners can't be found to pay the bill. you can bet it would have had a lot more help if it was insured.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • I hope to god that the person is reading this who set that barbaric trap gets his or her's punishment back 10 fold!!!!!. Good luck with your conscience !!

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    rob

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • I hope to god that the scum person is reading this who set that barbaric trap gets his or her's punishment back 10 fold!!!!!. Good luck with your conscience !!

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    rob

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

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