A harrowing sight was witnessed in Saskatoon recently: a domestic cat with his paw caught in a steel-toothed leg-hold trap.
According to CTV Saskatoon, a couple walking found the cat in a park near the Silverspring neighbourhood of the city, and immediately tried to help the injured animal.
The pair required help removing the trap, and as soon as it was off, the cat ran away, injuries and all.
The Saskatoon SPCA is quite concerned, noting that this type of trap was made illegal in 2001; however, other leg-hold traps are still perfectly legal – and commonly used – throughout Canada.
As a result of this incident, APFA has emailed Saskatoon Council, offering our assistance in creating regulations or by-laws to support co-existence and reduce or eliminate trapping in the city. We’ve also put a $1,000 reward on the table for anyone who can offer information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
Please spread the word – trapping is not moral, not safe and never in the public’s interest.
Photo: screen grab from submitted image at CTV Saskatoon