A CAT missing for two weeks and three days turned up at its owner’s home with a snare embedded in its hindquarters.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after the shocking incident in Ystradgynlais.
A spokesman said Fiz returned to his owner’s address in Maescynog, Ystradgynlais emaciated and severely injured by a free running snare.
The one-year-old tortoise shell-coloured cat received veterinary treatment later that evening and is now making a good recovery.
RSPCA inspector Julie Fadden said: “According to Fiz’s owner, this cat hardly ever strayed and would always return home after being out at night.
“This absence of two weeks makes me suspicious that Fiz was trapped for that period before escaping.
“Although free running snares are legal, use in such a case as this is not. This type of snare must be checked at least once a day and can only be set for wild animals such as foxes. This cat should have been released within hours of being caught.”
Anyone who may have information about this incident, or knows of missing cats matching this description, should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Calls are treated in confidence.