Found a snare?

If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


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The charity issued a stark warning after the cat was found in a homemade snare in a North Staffordshire garden.

A homeowner discovered the animal in his garden in Werrington and found the device was cutting into the cat's neck.

The snare was cut to relieve some of the pain to the cat.

The RSPCA went to the scene on October 17 and discovered deep cuts and scabs around the elderly cat's neck - they also found an untreated cancer.

The underweight and dehydrated cat was rushed to the vets but, because of her neck wounds and various medical conditions, the vet decided the best option would be to put the cat to sleep.

Type of snare



Werrington, North Staffordshire


October 2020

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