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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A cat returned home with a wire snare round his neck.

He didn't receive any injuries but was in a very distressed state. The snare was home-made and 'weathered' so it was thought it could have snapped when the cat was caught, or possibly someone could have cut the wire to set him free.

The cat's guardian explained that the cat never wandered past his own street, so it's likely the snare would have been set in the immediate area.

Type of snare

Home-made. Illegal


Crewe, Cheshire


February 2021

Photographic evidence


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