A WINCHELSEA district woman says she’s outraged at “barbaric cruelty” after an illegal trap robbed her cat of a leg and part of its tail.
Winchelsea South farmers Christina and Peter Mackey own the cat, called Takoda, which keeps their farm free of rodents.
Mrs Mackey said veterinarians had to amputate Takoda’s right hind leg and part of its tail, and stitch up a gash in its stomach after the cat became stuck in a trap.
She said Takoda limped through the cat door after disappearing for days.
“I could see the bones sticking out everywhere out of his back foot. The smell was rotten,” Mrs Mackey said.
“I raced him straight to the vet. Straight away he was sedated and had pain killers,” she said.
“He’d been caught in that trap for easy two days.”
Mrs Mackey said the person who set the trap was guilty of “barbaric cruelty”.
“Everyone is absolutely amazed that he was alive and that he was able to make it home.
“They think the only reason he was able to make it home was because he actually started rotting. Because that started rotting it came free from the trap.
“It’s just unbelievable. People need to be made aware that traps are illegal and they need to realise the suffering that an animal goes though.
“How would they like to be caught in a trap?”
Mrs Mackey said Rhodes Veterinary Clinic had been “fantastic” for Takoda, a name she said meant “friends with everybody”.
The clinic’s Cate Watt said Takoda’s “life-threatening” injuries were consistent with those inflicted by steel-jaw traps.
“I suppose it was a big trap because its hind leg, its tail and its tummy must have been all caught,” Dr Watt said.
“There was actually metal when we had to clean out its tummy,” she said.
“Its wounds were all infested with maggots.”
Dr Watt said Takoda was slowly recovering after a three-hour operation.
“There are still no guarantees the cat’s going to make it,” she said.
“We haven’t got him eating and drinking yet. He’s still on a drip. It’s going to have its whole life now without a limb.”
The incident comes after a koala died in south-east Melbourne last week after being stuck in an illegal rabbit trap for two weeks.