Owner denounces cruelty after finding pet trapped with wire round its neck in North-east

Stephanie Drake with her cat Ross and the snare he got caught in.

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

Moggy Rossie became trapped in the device near a fence on Myrus Circle in Macduff with the wire wrapped around his neck overnight.

His owner Stephanie Drake only found him the next day after hearing a cat crying out while visiting a neighbour.

The 62-year-old raced him to the vet in Banff, where they discovered he has lost teeth and claws. His mouth was also badly bruised.

Miss Drake said: “The wire was round its neck and a friend of mine came from over the road and managed to cut it.

“I thought he was a goner. The trap was on a peg in the ground and the cat couldn’t get out.

“He has lost two teeth, his mouth is badly bruised and he has lost some claws at the back of his feet. I took him to the vet and they said he should be fine but it will take a bit of time for him to heal.

“But I am not letting him out anymore. I don’t know how people can be so cruel.”

Miss Drake didn’t report it to the police but did contact the Scottish SPCA.

The animal welfare charity said it was aware of the incident. The use of snares is subject to legal restrictions and they must be set by authorised people so they do not trap domestic animals.