"No stone unturned" in trapped fox in box probe
RSPCA inspectors have vowed to “leave no stone unturned” following the discovery of a barbaric case of a fox being tied up in a box at a Swansea home.
They say they have been overwhelmed by the support of the community in trying to track down the culprits.
Inspectors at RSPCA Cymru are still investigating the case after the anxious animal was found with its legs and muzzle tied along with a piece of copper piping forced into its mouth.
The fox was found in the garden of a Blackpill home, where a metal fox trap was also discovered.
Ten days later after steps were taken to rescue the fox it had to be put to sleep on the advice of a vet due to the scale of the injuries she sustained from the rope, which was tied around her legs.
RSPCA Inspector Gemma Cooper pledged they were doing all they could to track down the offenders.
She said: “No new developments other than we are making enquiries with companies that sell the type of trap that was found.
“These enquiries will take time but we will leave no stone unturned in finding out who was responsible for this barbaric act of cruelty.
“I have been encouraged by the wealth of support out there for the RSPCA in catching the offender(s).
“We have even had people willing to put up reward money for anyone with information.”
The case led the RSPCA to warn people they could face six months in jail along with a maximum £20,000 fine if they were convicted for cruelty to animals.
It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
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 treated as confidential.