"A gin trap
can also cause injury to a child or pet, luckily in this case the trap was spotted before any animal or child could come to any harm and reserve staff were able to quickly seize it."
"While whoever set this trap probably didn't expect to capture a cat, they still broke the law - it is illegal to set a gin trap
whether or not it catches anything," said RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben.
Also known as a gin trap
, the clamps are mechanical devices designed to catch an animal by its leg, using spring-operated jaws or a serrated edge.
The Lisburn cat lover angrily hit out at the poachers who left the gin trap
in an area close to where youngsters live.
The use of gin traps
has been outlawed in the UK since 1958, but some are still being illegally used to catch animals such as rabbits and foxes.
are designed to trap the animal's leg with a spring like mechanism so the animal cannot escape.
An illegal gin trap
to catch moles and rats caused serious injuries to a cat caught in the back garden of a house in Hendy, Carmarthenshire.
The new Highlands and Islands task force is set to crackdown on illegal gin traps
and crooks intent on stealing the eggs of protected birds.
Fortunately, no bones or tendons were broken, but the RSPCA wants to hear from anyone who knows anything about the incident or the use of gin traps
Kenfig Nature Reserve and a typical gin trap
Koshka, the black cat, had a lucky escape after he was trapped in a gin trap
in the Narberth area in Pembrokeshire.
A TABBY cat lost one of its nine lives after it was snared by an illegal gin trap
in Mid Wales.