A frightened black and white male cat broke all of his teeth trying desperately to free his paw from a snare trap after it unmercifully snapped down leaving the feline in excruciating pain. On Monday, the Doghouse Sanctuary in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland received a call to rescue the cat dubbed Twinkles; he was rushed for emergency veterinary treatment at Iveagh Veterinary Clinic.
It is not known if Twinkle will need to have his leg amputated. According to the Sun, the animal welfare organization is insisting that all traps be banned, even though ones like this are still legal.
“These kinds of traps, in all forms, are cruel, inhumane and ineffective,” the group stated. “They are often set illegally anyway, under the current regulations, and to expect the lowlifes who set them to abide by the new rules is pathetic. Eighty per cent of the animals caught in them are not the target animal and that is true in this case. It is as effective as putting the animal you want to hurting a crowd of other animals, closing your eyes and shooting.”
According to law, the traps are intended to capture wild animals that have become pests, however they are meant to be checked every 24 hours, and the captive animals released from the torturous pain and humanely destroyed.
Although Twinkle is not out of danger yet and veterinarians continue to take a “wait and see” how his paw heals as to whether it will have to be amputated, an update on the shelter’s Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon seemed more optimistic:
“Twinkle had a comfortable night with pain relief ,he is going to be sedated to have his bandages changed and wound cleaned .he is showing some interest in food but still on drip early days to see if all is ok with his leg x.”
Get well soon Twinkle.
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Photos of cat broke all of his teeth trying to free his paw via Facebook.
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