Cat euthanized after being maimed by a jaw trap

A cat was found mutilated by a jaw trap in Pézenas in Hérault (8/10/2022). Unfortunately, she had to be euthanized. A complaint has been filed and the 30 Million Friends Foundation is a civil party.

Scary. The association “Les Chats libres de Pézenas” was contacted for a cat seen gruesomely mutilated in a city parking lot, located on the edge of the urbanized area (6/10/2022).

Terrified, the poor cat had a severed paw and was dragging the remaining mess. ” She had been freed the previous Monday by a gardener and a municipal policeman, but escapedsays Véronique, volunteer at the association. A passerby warned on social networks. And another resident, very invested in the animal case, contacted us on Thursday to help her capture it. “. Unfortunately, the animal, terrified, did not let itself approach.” We searched everywhere Thursday night and Friday morning, to no availshe adds. It was another resident who saw her the next day, seeking refuge in the crawl space of a house. »

Helped by a gardener, the volunteers try everything to “wet” the cat, and thus succeed in getting it back. They immediately take steps to treat him.

Fox traps banned since 1995

The vet’s diagnosis is pessimistic: ” We thought he was going to amputate him, but unfortunately his condition was too serious… He had to euthanize him. In addition to her bruised paw, the cat named “Rose” was infested with worms and suffering from sepsis. She could not survive these six days of torture…

” That the vet told us he had never seen a live cat in this condition says Véronique. The association filed a complaint and an investigation is underway. Unfortunately, there is little chance of identifying the author of the trap. The 30 Million Friends Foundation has filed a civil lawsuit.

Setting jaw traps has been banned since 1995, and if a livestock is caught there, it can be considered a cruel act, punishable by three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.


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