Cat survives a snare

2015-09-22 06:00
Dr Katherine McIver and Kerrie Andrews examine Snatch and give him lots of love.
Photo: supplied

Dr Katherine McIver and Kerrie Andrews examine Snatch and give him lots of love. Photo: supplied

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SNARES are becoming a huge problem in the Upper Highway area with many animals getting hurt and even dying because of them.

The most recent incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when the Kloof and Highway SPCA inspectorate standby team received a call from a concerned member of the public, Dr Kadwa, who said he had seen an injured stray ginger cat in his garden with wire wrapped around its stomach.

Dr Kadwa was able to confine the injured cat in a room and Inspector Petros Simamane responded to the call.

“The cat was immediately taken to the after-hours Sherwood Veterinary Clinic to be examined by a vet. It was sedated and X-rayed to ensure that the wire, which was in fact a snare, had not caused any major internal damage,” said Lisa Gadd SPCA’s outreach officer.

“The snare was successfully removed and the wound carefully cleaned. The following Monday morning, the recovering stray ginger male cat was brought into the Kloof and Highway SPCA Clinic where it had a safe place to rest and recover.”

Gadd said the cat’s wounds have been healing well and the vets are extremely happy with his progress.

“No owner has come forward to lay claim to the male cat and he is now up for adoption. Thank you to Dr Kadwa and family for phoning the Kloof and Highway SPCA to report ‘Snatch’, as we have now named him, to us. If it was not for the Kadwa family’s care and compassion, Snatch could have suffered a terrible and painful death.”

Gadd said that snares are anchored cables or wire nooses set to catch animals. “They are one of the simplest traps to make, cheap to produce and easy to set in large numbers and are a huge problem in many areas because of this. A snare traps an animal around the neck or the body and gradually tightens around the animal the more it tries to struggle and get free and eventually ultimately results in a long and painful death.”

For more information on our adoption process and to meet Snatch, please contact Kloof and Highway SPCA on 031 764 1212/3

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