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If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention.


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Snaring reports

Cat killed in snare in Hartlepool

Sapphire the cat went missing from his home in Bridgepool Close area of Hartlepool.

His owners desperately waited news of the feline’s whereabouts.

But after days of searching, Sapphire’s body was discovered hanging from a fence just a few hundred yards away, on the Oakesway trading estate.

Sapphire’s owner Mrs Livingstone-Elder said that her and her family were in a state of shock. “I’m so angry because this is such a cruel thing to do to any animal. We looked for her for days.

“We kept walking around and then we were near TMD Friction on the trading estate when I saw a black object in the distance. I realised Sapphire was just hanging from the fence by the snare and that she’d been strangled.”

Mrs Livingstone-Elder was to be interviewed about Sapphire’s death by officers from Cleveland Police.

Simon Wild of the National Anti Snaring Campaign said: “This snare is home-made and because of the location, the person setting it may be targeting cats or foxes. Snares are killers of pets and wildlife, but sadly they can be legally bought by anyone. This is a snare without a stop and has been set on a fence line, so it has been set contrary to the DEFRA code of practice.

“I gather the cat was stiff when found, so it has probably been there more than 24 hours, and there would be a strong case under the Animal Welfare Act if the person responsible can be traced.”

(Source - Hartlepool Mail)

Type of snare

Home made - set contrary to the DEFRA code of practice


Bridgepool Close, Hartlepool


November 2016

Photographic evidence

home-made snare


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