$2400 reward offered for info about trapped cat in Montreal North

cat trapped in leg hold montreal north SPCAMontreal, July 16, 2012 – Last week, a grey male 1 year old cat named Boots, was rushed to the SPCA in Montreal facility after he sustained serious injuries when his paw was caught in a steel jaw leg hold trap. According to the SPCA veterinary team, Boots may have had his paw stuck in this trap for over 48 hours before being discovered and he suffered significant physical and psychological trauma.

The SPCA, in conjunction with the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals [APFBA] are offering a $2,400 reward to anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person who set the leg hold trapped that resulted in the injuries to Boots.

Boots had his paw stuck in a steel jaw leg hold trap which is typically used to trap animals for their fur. It is suspected, however, that the trap was set intentionally for the purpose of catching and injuring a domestic cat. “The pain and suffering endured by Boots is unimaginable and we want to find the person responsible for this and we want to encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything related to this case to come forward in order to assist our investigation” said Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the SPCA. This is not the first time that the Montreal SPCA is investigating the trapping of a domestic pet in one of these leg hold traps. In 2010, following an investigation by the SPCA after a cat was brutally killed in a leg hold trap; a man was successfully prosecuted for setting the trap that caused the pain, suffering and death of the cat.

“Leg-hold and other body-gripping traps are cruel and indiscriminate. Any animal or person that touches the trigger of a trap can set it off,” said Lesley Fox, Executive Director APFBA, “these devices are extremely dangerous, especially when set within city limits.”

The SPCA and APFBA are asking anyone with any information about this case to contact the SPCA’s inspection department at inspection@spca.com and are reminding the public that there is a $2,400 reward to anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the injuries that Boots suffered.

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Media Contact: Alanna Devine 514.735.2711, ext 2245, or adevine@spca.com

Since 1944, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (also known as Fur-Bearer Defenders) has been working to end the commercial fur trade by exposing trapping cruelty and through protecting fur-bearing animals in the wild or in confinement.

About the SPCA: The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society in Canada, founded in Montreal in 1869. Guided by the humane ethic, it is the mission of the SPCA to:

protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living creatures.

Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals through a number of actions that benefit animals and humans. Find us on the web at www.spca.com

cat with leg hold trap marks on paw montreal spca

All photos courtesy of the Montreal SPCA

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