SPCA Auckland is appealing to the public for information after a cat suffered a horrific injury from being caught in an illegally set gin trap on Auckland’s North Shore.
The cat was discovered by a member of public with a gin trap on its foreleg in Knights Road in Rothesay Bay on Sunday 26 June.
The member of public took the cat to a local vet clinic and it was transferred to the SPCA Auckland Animal Hospital on Monday.
The trap had bitten the cat’s foot, causing an open fracture on three of his toes, and the injuries were so severe the toes had to be amputated. The cat is a ginger, neutered adult male, thought to be approximately 10 years old. He is being currently being cared for and monitored by SPCA Auckland veterinarians.
Leg-hold traps, known as gin traps, are illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. No leg-hold trap can be used in any area where there is a probable risk of catching a pet animal.
“SPCA Auckland is actively investigating this case and asking anyone who has information about the setting of this trap to please come forward. Terrible pain and suffering has been inflicted on an innocent cat and it is important that those responsible for this cruelty are held accountable so it doesn’t happen again,” says SPCA Auckland CEO Andrea Midgen.
“Our Inspectorate is also warning pet owners in the Rothesay Bay area to watch out for gin traps. Anyone who discovers one of these traps, or an animal who has been caught in one, should contact SPCA Auckland immediately for advice.
“We also want to hear from anyone who recognizes this cat or can help reunite him with his owner. It is obvious that he has been a member of a family and we are sure there will be someone missing him terribly.”
If you have any further information about this case or are the cat’s owner, please call SPCA Auckland on 09 256 7300.