Found a snare?

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. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


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A concerned resident was left horrified after discovering an illegal snare in Auchinleck.

While out walking, the local man was shocked when he realised he had stumbled across the snare.

The sharp wire was wrapped between trees in a bid to capture wild deer and animals.

Residents were warned about snares being set up in the local area, which could hurt their cats, dogs, and other pets.

The Scottish SPCA advised pet owners and dog walkers in the area to be extremely vigilant.

Chief superintendent Mike Flynn said it looked like a typical example of an illegal snare.

Type of snare



Auchinleck, East Ayrshire


April 2019

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