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article imageKitten rescued from glue trap

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 3, 2010 in Lifestyle
A distressed kitten became the victim of a very nasty type of trap. The animal, who is now being called Sticky, became stuck on a glue trap designed for catching rats.
When the kitten was found she was covered in glue and debris. She was taken to Manor Veterinary Centre in Halesowen where much of her body was shaved.
The kitten is now under the care of the RSPCA at Coventry Animal Home, and is still receiving regular baths to remove the glue.
“This kitten has suffered as a result of the irresponsible and inhumane use of traps,” said RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer, Boris Lasserre, on the organization’s web site. “Like snares and most pest control equipment, glue traps are indiscriminate. We are regularly alerted to incidents of non-target species being caught in snares and traps. With glue traps wild birds often become trapped and due to their delicate feathers they normally cannot be saved.”
Lasserre spoke to the person who set the trap, and the remaining traps have now been removed.
Glue traps consist of a piece of cardboard with strong adhesive on it. Animals are sometimes stuck to the boards for days until dying from dehydration, shock, or self-mutilation. They sometimes struggle so hard to free themselves that patches of skin are torn from their bodies. Some chew of limbs in an effort to escape, and some suffocate when their faces become stuck in the glue.
If anyone finds an animal in one of these traps, or suffering from other forms of cruelty, they can call the RSPCA cruelty and advice line at 0300 1234 999.
Along with Sticky, the RSPCA has 30 more kittens at Coventry Animal Home and 16 kittens in foster homes, as well as 32 adult cats. They would be happy from hear from anyone interested in adopting one of the felines. People can find out more about the animals by calling the Coventry Animal Centre at 02476 336 616.
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