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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We are adding each of the SnareWatch reports into a geographical area within the United Kingdom, so at some point in the near future these reports will be subdivided into categories. For now they are listed together in date order.

A member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after finding the animal trapped and in pain in Stockport, on 17 April.

A cat was caught in a snare in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

A cat owner found her pet caught in an illegally set snare in Macduff – and urged others to be on the lookout.

A cat was caught in a snare set in a hedge 6 metres from his home in Bridgwater.

A cocker spaniel was killed in a snare set on Flinty Fell woods between Garrigill and Nenthead in the Pennines.

A dog was trapped for four hours in a snare which had been set near a footpath close to Lambley Viaduct.

A West Yorkshire Police poster warned dog owners that illegal snares had been found in Holmbridge woodland near Bottom’s Dam.

Shocking pictures had emerged of a pedigree dog snared in an illegal steel-wired noose thought to be linked to badger baiting or fox snaring.

A cat owner found her pet with a wire snare wrapped tightly round him.

A cat went missing from her home in Pucklechurch, Bristol. 17 days later she was found dead in a field adjacent to a neighbour’s garden.

The National Anti-Snaring Campaign made a complaint after the dead animal was left on a fence line adjoining a footpath on a Somerset farm.

A cat was nearly sliced in half after living with a cruel snare wrapped around him for almost two months.


Latest snare reports

Fox snared in Limavady, Northern Ireland

A fox was caught in a snare on Binevenagh mountain in Northern Ireland.

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Deer killed in snare in Dorset

A couple walking on farmland in the Wareham area discovered the deer caught in the contraption.

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Snares found in Gloucestershire

Several wire snares were found in a wood in the Uley/Tetbury area in Gloucestershire.

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