Cat loses leg to animal trap

A 1-year-old tabby cat lost his front left leg on Tuesday in Southbridge, Mass., after it was crushed in an unregistered animal trap. The damaged limb was amputated after the feline was rushed to an animal medical center near Boston. The cat was discovered by a hiker on Tuesday morning.

The MSPCA believes that the animal trap was set illegally (photo credit: MSPCA-Angell)

The cat, named “Mr. Bates” after a character on the PBS series Downtown Abbey by attending veterinarians, is expected to make a full recovery. A $1000 reward is being offered by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction for animal cruelty. The MSPCA believes the trap was set illegally.

The cat’s owner is unknown. If no one claims the animal, the MSPCA will find him a proper home.