A fox suffered a slow and painful death after he was caught in a makeshift snare near Corby.
The male fox was found on land at the back of Corby Road in Weldon on Sunday (18 January) with a metal wire around its neck held together with gaffer tape in what RSPCA inspectors believe was a home made snare.
The animal had died from the severe injuries it received from the snare and the RSPCA is warning pet owners in the area to look out in case there are more.
RSPCA inspector Polly Underwood said: “The injuries this fox suffered were absolutely horrific and there is no doubt he would’ve been in a lot of pain for a long time as the wire was cutting in to his neck.
“This fox was also missing a rear foot when he was found which leads us to believe he may have been caught in a secondary trap too.
“The vet that examined the fox believes he must have broken free from the trap could’ve been caught up in the wire for up to a week. It is awful to think how much he must have suffered.
“These traps are illegal and extremely dangerous - not only to wildlife but also other animals which may be roaming the area.
“We are very concerned that someone is building homemade snares. It is not just wildlife that will be at risk. Snares are one of the most cruel and indiscriminate killers of wild and domestic animals.
“As well as appealing for witnesses to this appalling incident we would also like to warn people in the area to be on the lookout for these traps as this could’ve easily caught someone’s pet cat or dog.
“Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to set any trap or snare likely to cause injury to protected species. People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution if they are not abiding by the laws and guidelines on trapping animals.
“We would urge anyone in the area who knows anything about this incident to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the RSPCA Inspector Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018.