Cat has leg amputated after getting caught in illegal trap in Stoke Newington

PUBLISHED: 16:28 06 January 2017

Ruby after having her leg amputated. Picture: RSPCA.

Ruby after having her leg amputated. Picture: RSPCA.


A cat suffered horrific injuries and had to have her leg amputated after getting caught in an illegal trap in Stoke Newington.

The trap Ruby was caught in. Picture: RSPCA The trap Ruby was caught in. Picture: RSPCA

Ruby, a six-year-old tabby, was found caught in a metal contraption in a garden in Lordship Park on December 30.

She had been missing for two days, and it is thought she was stuck in the trap for most of that time.

The RSPCA believes the trap to have been a gin trap - designed to catch an animal by its leg. They have been illegal in the UK since 1958, but are still used by some to catch rabbits and foxes.

After being taken to the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Animal Hospital, Ruby’s leg was removed because the injuries were so severe.

The charity’s London vet director Caroline Allen said: “If only people realised the damage traps like this can do. I was shocked and horrified that such a thing could have been placed in the middle of London.

“When Ruby came to us she was in extreme shock and distress and her paw was hanging off - it was awful. Her leg was almost completely severed above the wrist so there really was no other alternative but to amputate it.

“She would have been in an incredible amount of pain, and probably for a couple of days from what we can tell.”

Ruby is making a good recovery, though she will be looking for a new home once restored to full health: after the incident, her previous owner feels the area is no longer safe.

Police are investigating the trap.

Llewelyn Lowen, scientific officer for the RSPCA, said: “Gin traps are indiscriminate. The victims can just as easily be a family pet as a wild animal, but whichever the animal, these traps are lethal and cause a great deal of suffering and we are extremely concerned about their use.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 17:59

Read Arsene Wenger’s verdict on his side’s 4-1 win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday and the reason he took off Nacho Monreal in the first half.

Yesterday, 16:55

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday. Read Layth Yousif’s player ratings from the Premier League match on a bitterly cold day in North London

Yesterday, 16:54

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 4-1 in Saturday’s north versus south London derby on a bitterly cold day in the capital.

Yesterday, 11:08

Leyton Orient’s match against Halifax Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 09:00

The O’s will be without Joe Widdowson, Jamie Sendles-White and possibly Charlie Grainger for the clash at the Shay

Fri, 18:58

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called for the dismissal of Inner North London’s senior coroner Mary Hassell after a “deeply disappointing” meeting with community leaders to discuss her refusal to respect Jewish burial requirements.

Fri, 18:42

Hackney Council is inviting comments on its “progressive” vision for a greener, safer, less polluted and more affordable Shoreditch in 15 years’ time.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists