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Cat caught in spring trap in Girvan may lose its leg

Max the cat and the spring trap Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption Max may lose his leg after being caught in the spring trap

A cat may lose its leg after being injured in a spring trap which an animal charity believes may have been set incorrectly or illegally.

The cat's owners alerted the Scottish SPCA after it came home to Barr in Girvan, South Ayrshire, with the trap attached to its leg on 11 February.

The charity said the cat, named Max, was being treated by a vet but may lose the leg.

The SSPCA appealed for information in a bid to trace the owner of the trap.

'Horrific incident'

Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: "These traps can be used lawfully but are quite rare and have to be secured and used under a cover.

"The fact Max was caught by the leg strongly suggests this trap was set either illegally or extremely poorly.

"Max would have been in a great deal of pain and distress. It is very lucky he managed to make it home to his owners so they could get him the vet treatment he urgently needed."

Ch Supt Flynn described the incident as "horrific" and said Max's owners were "understandably distraught".

He added: "We would appeal to anyone with information about who may have set the trap to contact us in confidence."

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