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RSCPA appeal after cat caught in homemade snare in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 14:45 03 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:45 03 December 2015

Honey was trapped in a homemade snare on November 13

Honey was trapped in a homemade snare on November 13

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Honey had a lucky escape after getting caught in a makeshift wire trap in Upminster.

Honey was trapped in a homemade snare on November 13Honey was trapped in a homemade snare on November 13

Honey, a four-year-old tortoiseshell, returned to her home in Lichfield Terrace, on Friday November 13, with a homemade copper wire trap cutting into her skin.

The trap was so tightly wrapped around Honey’s stomach that it was only discovered when her owner took her to the vets.

Now the charity is appealing for anyone with information about the snares to get in touch.

By law snares must be inspected every day and must not be set in a manner designed to cause injury to animals coming into contact with it.

RSPCA inspector Rebecca Benson said: “The wire was cutting into her flesh and could have easily turned into a pretty nasty wound - there is no way she would have escaped without help.

“We just do not know what sort of snare or trap this was - or how it came to be caught around the cat.

“The loop was just too small to go around her body like that - I am amazed that she got herself squeezed in there in the first place.

“It must have been a very scary Friday 13th for poor Honey, and the vets said she was very lucky to have survived with such little damage.

“Makeshift snares like these are indiscriminate and can be lethal - it could have very easily been a different story.

“We urge anyone with any information about where it may have come from to call us on 0300 123 8018, so we can prevent this happening to any other animal.”

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