Cat caught in Southbridge trap loses leg; reward offered for person who set device

A cat that was found caught in a steel trap by a hiker in the central Massachusetts town of Southbridge on Tuesday is recovering after having his leg amputated.

The cat’s leg had to be amputated after he was caught in the trap.

MSPCA-Angell officials said the cat might have been stuck in the trap for up to a day. The leghold trap, which is made to snap shut when an animal steps on it, crushed bone, muscle fiber, tendon, and other connective tissue in the cat’s leg, said spokesman Rob Halpin in a press release. The device may have been illegal since it was not tagged or numbered, he said.

The MSPCA Law Enforcement Department said it was offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps lead to an animal cruelty conviction in the case.

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The domestic short-haired tabby was not wearing a collar, and Halpin said unless an owner steps forward to claim him, he will be put up for adoption as an indoor cat in a few weeks.

“Despite having only one front leg we expect him to adjust and live a relatively normal life indoors,” Meg Whelan, an emergency critical care veterinarian at Angell, said in a statement.