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 dog was found trapped in a snare 50 metres from a bridal path between Stanford in the Vale and Charney Basset in Oxfordshire.

The dog's guardian stated:

"Roux (dog) had chased some birds in a hedge and ran behind a scruffy barn next to a small stream.

"After he didn’t return I went to find him but he wasn’t coming back, just standing looking at me.

"After jumping a fence I saw he was caught on something. I thought at first he had caught himself on a part of a fence that had fallen over. However I saw the loop of fencing wire had actually been fastened with a clip so when Roux passed through it tightened about his paw.

"Although it loosened easily, I was concerned it was what appeared to be an improvised snare and not a purpose made one.

"If my dog had struggled he could have done some serious damage."

It was noted there were pheasant feeders nearby.

Type of snare



Stanford in the Vale/Charney Basset in Oxfordshire


February 2021


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