A PENSIONER says she has been left heartbroken after her cat died after being caught in a snare trap.
Elsie Foster, 67, has slammed the ‘mindless’ act which killed her pet, Tabbatha.
It was the fourth cat that Mrs Foster, who lives on Kirkstone Drive, Middleton, Great Manchester has lost in the last 12 months.
She said: “I cannot understand why someone would do this. It’s just mindless.
“My daughter took her to the vet. He said he hadn’t seen anything like this since he had come from South Africa where they were used to catch food.”
Eight-year-old Tabbatha was caught in the trap last Saturday (16 May), but had managed to crawl free and was spotted by neighbours.
At the time, Mrs Foster was already at a vets in Salford where another of her cats was, Gabby, was being put to sleep after suffering a stroke.
She said: “I lost two cats that day. I was at the RSPCA so my daughter took Tabbatha to the vet.
“They said he had hypothermia so they wrapped him up in a blanket and said they would try and sort that out first before taking X-rays.
“There was no blood on him but they thought he might have internal injuries, but before they could check that out he died.”
Over the past 12 months Mrs Foster had also lost two other cats, Arthur and Minnie who both went missing.
She now says she will stop taking in stray cats after a life time caring for them.
“I’ve always had cats,” she said: “And not just one, usually three or four at a time, but this has made me think again.
“I cannot put into words what I think of the person of laid this snare trap. They are just mindless.”
Mrs Foster added she had contacted the RSPCA to make them aware of the situation.