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Snaring reports

Dog and owner caught in snares set in nature reserve in Dover

A dog owner and her pet were both snared while walking through the Whinless Down nature reserve in Dover.

She stated:

“I was walking my springer spaniel in the woods. She was following scent trails off the well-walked areas. I heard her screaming and saw her thrashing around. A thin, rusty wire snare like a slip knot was closed tightly on her leg.

“I managed to free her by cutting through the wire. She was frightened and slightly cut and bruised but hadn't been seriously injured.

“As I walked away from the area I felt something pulling against my foot and saw another snare tightening around my shoe. When I looked closely at the leaf litter on the ground I found a kind of mesh-work of snares joined together.

“The area containing the snares was in a rough, overgrown part of the wood so wildlife and adventurous, inquisitive dogs like mine would be most at risk of being caught.”

Type of snare



Whinless Down nature reserve, Dover


July 2017

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