A cat was ‘lucky not to have died’ from his injuries after getting his leg caught in an illegal trap.
Volunteers from the Irchester-based charity Animals In Need were called out after Sylvester was found with his leg stuck in the gin trap in the garden of a house in Wellingborough Road, Earls Barton, on Sunday morning.
His front left leg had been caught in the trap.
Rural crime officer Andy Hoyle, who is dealing with the case, said: “This kind of illegal trap is barbaric.
“It can inflict savage injuries that would place an animal in severe pain, which is why they have been illegal for many years.
“The person who set this trap may not be aware that it is an offence.
“It could quite easily have been a child that got caught in the trap instead of the cat.
“If anyone knows who set this trap, I would urge them to contact us so that we can make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“Sylvester is lucky not to have died from his injuries and was thankfully rescued by Animals In Need.”
Due to Sylvester being microchipped, the volunteers were able to reunite the pet with his owner, who lives in King Street in Earls Barton, within an hour and he was then able to get treatment for his injured leg at Vets4Pets in Northampton.