RSPCA issues legal warning after fox abandoned in box
A HORRIFIC case of a fox cruelly tied up in a box at a Swansea home has led an animal charity to warn others they could be jailed for six months and hit with a maximum £20,000 fine if they do the same.
Inspectors at RSPCA Cymru have issued the hard-hitting warning after the terrified animal had its legs and muzzle bound while a piece of copper piping was forced into its mouth.
The shock discovery was made in a garden of a home in the Blackpill area of the city, where a metal fox trap was also discovered.
But tragically 10 days after the fox was rescued it had to be put to sleep following the advice of a vet because of the injuries she sustained from the rope which was tied around her legs.
RSPCA Inspector Gemma Cooper said: "Someone had deliberately trapped this poor fox and kept in this barbaric way.
"We have no idea why she was trapped or what would have happened if we hadn't found her.
"We would like to hear from anyone who has information about this incident or with information where the trap was purchased.
"We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has sold one between January and June of this year."
The RSPCA has said anyone who mistreats an animal is causing an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
And that the people responsible are facing a potential prosecution and maximum sentence of £20,000 and or a six-month prison sentence.
If anyone has any further information about the incident they are urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999.
All calls are confidential.