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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Police found the cruel traps in Cumnock and Auchinleck.

Officers from Cumnock were notified of snares being used in the Auchinleck and Ochiltree area.

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

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

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “This looks like a typical example of an illegal snare."

Type of snare



Cumnock & Auchinleck, East Ayrshire


April 2019

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