Saturday, 31 August 2013

Fox found tied up and gagged with a copper pipe in a Swansea garden

An investigation into animal cruelty has been launched after a fox was found tied up inside a box in the garden of a house in Swansea. The fox's legs were bound by rope and it had been forced to bite down on copper piping with its muzzle tied up. Despite the RSPCA's best efforts, the fox had to be put to sleep ten days after it was rescued on the advice of a vet due to injuries sustained by the rope tied around its legs. Officers made the grim discovery at a home in the Blackpill area of Swansea, where they also found a metal fox trap tucked away in the garden. 

RSPCA Inspector Gemma Cooper called the treatment of the female fox "barbaric" and appealed for information surrounding the incident. She said: "Someone had deliberately trapped this poor fox and kept in this barbaric way. "We have no idea why she was trapped or what would have happened if we hadn't found her. "We would like to hear from anyone who has information about this incident or with information where the trap was purchased. 

"We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has sold one between January and June of this year." Fox traps are legal, but officers believe information about where it was acquired may help them find those responsible for tying the fox's legs and muzzle. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to treat an animal this way, the RSPCA said, and those found responsible could face prosecution with a maximum sentence of £20,000 and or a six month prison sentence. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. 

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