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Injured pets raise cat trap fears

PUBLISHED: 13:10 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 13 July 2010

Cat owners at Sheringham fear that two pets that have died with horrific injuries could be the victims of illegally- placed traps.

Black cat Sam managed to drag himself home with parts of two front legs missing, but had to be put to sleep by a vet because he was so badly hurt.

Cat owners at Sheringham fear that two pets that have died with horrific injuries could be the victims of illegally- placed traps.

Black cat Sam managed to drag himself home with parts of two front legs missing, but had to be put to sleep by a vet because he was so badly hurt.

And the following day the body of another of his pets Merlin was found on a nearby railway track, with most of back leg missing.

Police are warning it is illegal to set gin traps and appealing for anyone with information about the incidents near the Cromer Road play area to come forward. Police community support officer Cassie Doubleday said children could also be in danger.

Cat lover Judy Jonas, whose nephew owned the cats, said Sam's shredded legs seemed to indicate the pet was caught in a trap and managed to get itself free - a view confirmed by vets who tried to treat the victim.

“My nephew was devastated, then the next day we found Merlin who had been missing. The vet did not think he had been hit by a train.

“We just want to make sure this does not happen to somebody else,” she added.

Last year her sister's tabby cat Summer from next door also suffered a foot injury consistent with a trap, but had recovered, despite the loss of a couple of toes.

The RSPCA and police had been informed and were looking into the cases, she added.

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Doubleday at the Sheringham safer neighbourhood team on 0845 456 4567.


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