Cat Owner Joins Campaign to Ban Snares in Scotland After Pet’s Horrific Injuries

An Aberdeenshire cat proprietor has joined Cats Safety’s marketing campaign for snares to be banned in Scotland after her pet cat Harry was discovered collapsed in a subject with horrific accidents.

Marion Brownlie mentioned Harry’s accidents had been so appalling that she at first believed he had been “minimize in two” when he was found near his residence in St Cyrus.

It’s thought the ginger-and-white moggy could have been trapped within the snare for 5 agonising days earlier than he was in a position to drag himself to security.

Having confirmed his accidents had been brought on by a snare, vets carried out surgical procedure to restore a deep wound working from hip to hip throughout Harry’s stomach. He was later in a position to return residence however must be confined to a cage for relaxation throughout his restoration.

Marion mentioned: “Harry had been lacking for 5 days when my daughter noticed him – she might see he was in a nasty means and I rushed over. We discovered him collapsed in a subject and it was like one thing from a nightmare – I used to be afraid to choose him up because it regarded as if he’d been minimize in two.

“He was nonetheless clinging to life and we acquired him to the vet who mentioned his probabilities had been 50/50. The vet might inform that Harry should have been trapped for a while, and he should have been in agony.“

There isn’t a means he might have gotten out of the snare on his personal, so we are able to solely assume that whoever laid the snare had launched him, however we’ll by no means know. It’s too horrific to think about him trapped like that – he’s a household pet, adored by all of us together with my younger grandchildren.

“I can’t fairly consider he managed to outlive the accidents – it was essentially the most horrific factor I’ve ever seen. However up to now he’s doing properly, and we’re simply preserving the whole lot crossed that he continues to recuperate.

“I used to be completely staggered to seek out out that these snares are authorized. Anybody who noticed the state Harry was in would agree that snares are fully inhumane – no animal needs to be left to endure such agony for thus lengthy. I can’t see how snares might be justified in any respect – it’s plain cruelty and have to be banned.”

After discovering Harry injured, Marion had first contacted Dr Elspeth Stirling, a volunteer from Cats Safety’s Arbroath & District Department, for recommendation.

Dr Stirling mentioned: “I’ve been a volunteer for Cats Safety for over 25 years and that is the worst case of unnecessary struggling I’ve come throughout. What makes this much more distressing is that snares are nonetheless authorized however Harry’s case clearly reveals how extremely merciless and inhumane they’re.”

Cats Safety’s Advocacy & Authorities Relations Officer for Scotland Alice Palombo mentioned: “Cats Safety is campaigning for an outright ban on snares just like the one which Harry was caught in. As Harry’s story reveals, snares are merciless, inhumane and trigger appreciable ache and struggling to any animal they seize.

“It’s onerous to explain Harry as fortunate, as he should have suffered unimaginable ache, however fortunately he did survive and get residence. Many animals caught in snares – whether or not they’re wildlife or pet cats – will as a substitute endure an extended, lonely and painful demise.

“Snares and comparable units don’t have any place in a contemporary society and we’ll proceed to marketing campaign for them to be banned.”

Snares are quickly to be banned in Wales beneath the Agriculture (Wales) Invoice which is awaiting its closing stage and Cats Safety will proceed to marketing campaign for the remainder of the UK to comply with swimsuit.

To search out out extra about Cats Safety’s marketing campaign for a ban on snares and comparable units, please go to

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