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Appeal for information after cat has lucky escape from snare in Edinburgh


The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a male cat was found caught in a homemade snare on Grigor Avenue, on 4 June.

We were contacted by the owner of the four-year-old cat named Rufus, after she found him trapped in the snare. 

Thankfully Rufus had a lucky escape and was released from the trap uninjured, but was severely distressed by the ordeal. 


Scottish SPCA senior inspector, Stuart Murray, said: “Rufus’ owner kept the snare to show us and it was clear this was homemade as it was made from regular thin wire, not snare wire.

“If it had been snare wire, Rufus may not have been so lucky.

“We are urging pet owners in the area to be vigilant, and anyone with any information to contact us immediately.

“Although the Scottish SPCA are calling for a complete ban on the use of snares, they are still legal to catch certain wildlife if restrictions are adhered to.

“This is not the case when a homemade snare is being used.

“Snares do not discriminate and can cause both wildlife and domestic animals a great amount of unnecessary suffering.

“Anyone with any information should contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”


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