A cat was found cruelly trapped in a "man made snare" in the Drumbrae area of Edinburgh.
Pet owners were warned to stay vigilant when out and about in the aftermath of the alarming incident, which happened near Drumbrae Leisure Centre.
The cat managed to escape after being caught in the trap, and its owner phoned Vets4Pets in Corstorphine to help spread word about the danger.
The Scottish SPCA said they had been alerted to 50 incidents of animals being trapped in snares in the past year, and in a number of those the animals died a horrific death.
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