Cat caught in illegal leg hold trap

RSPCA Victoria is currently investigating a sickening act of animal cruelty and is appealing for the public’s help to identify the person or people responsible.

On or around 14 April 2020 a 12-year-old female tabby-coloured domestic cat named Abby went missing from her home on Greaves St North, Werribee, and was found with her leg caught in an illegal trap similar to those pictured below. Abby’s paw was mutilated and the limb broken. Abby likely spent hours struggling to free herself.

The incident occurred near Greaves St N in Werribee This beloved family pet suffered excruciating pain and distress prior to being located by a member of the public and taken to a veterinarian. Abby was weak and severely injured. Due to her injuries, Abby had to have her entire limb amputated.

Leghold traps are illegal and cause extreme pain and suffering to animals caught in them. Once identified, the person or persons responsible for this crime face prosecution and serious liability, including a term of imprisonment for up to two years and fines of up to $82,610.00.

RSPCA Victoria Inspectors are canvassing the neighbourhood surrounding the area where this cat lived and is asking the public to report if they know of people who set these traps or have traps similar to the ones pictured in their possession.

Anyone with information they believe may be relevant to either of these cases is encouraged to make a report via or by calling 9224 2222.

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