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Warning over ‘cruel’ glue traps after cat suffers ‘horrific injuries’

Written by on 27 December 2020

The RSPCA has urged people to stop using glue traps to catch rodents after a cat sustained “horrific injuries” from them and had to be put down.

The cat – named Miles by RSPCA staff – was found trapped in an alleyway in north London last month.

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Four traps were stuck to his legs and the underneath of his body.

Miles had a large infected wound on his leg, his tail was damaged and his hind legs were stuck together.

Parts of his fur were also ripped off and it is thought he ingested some of the glue while trying to free himself.

RSPCA Inspector Nicole Broster said: “This poor cat was in an extreme amount of pain from his horrific injuries and he was very scared and frightened.

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“This is the worst glue trap incident I have ever seen and dealt with.”

The cat was taken to the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital to be treated but his condition deteriorated significantly and he had to be euthanised.

Ms Broster added: “I find the use of glue traps horrendous and completely unnecessary.

“People sometimes use them to deal with problems caused by animals like rats and mice but they are cruel and cause awful suffering.

Miles was found with many painful injuries. Pic: RSPCA

“Other animals and non-target species also become victims – in this case poor Miles.”

Glue traps are made of sheets of cardboard, plastic or wood coated with a non-drying adhesive.

The RSPCA says they should only be used by trained professionals.

Scientific officer for RSPCA, Evie Button, said: “We’re opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps because they cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch, ensnaring wild animals like birds and even pets.

Trapped mouse. Pic: iStock
Glue traps are typically used to catch mice and rats

“Glue traps may seem like an effective way to catch rodents without killing them, but they come with very serious welfare issues and subject those animals unfortunate enough to get caught to horrific suffering.

“Even the way they’re designed to catch animals – by sticking their limbs to the board as they cross it – inflicts pain and distress.”

The charity is asking people to contact them if they see glue traps on sale so they can ask the retailer to withdraw stock.

Glue traps are currently legal to use, but if an animal unnecessarily suffers if they’re not used properly, an offence may have been committed.