Cat discovered in Scotland caught in an illegal snare
The police in Scotland are appealing for information after the body of a cat was discovered trapped in an illegal snare in the Buckie area.
The Scottish SPCA was alerted after the male tabby was found caught by the neck.
Ch Supt Mike Flynn told the BBC: "This poor cat would have suffered a horrendous prolonged death.
"We're appealing to anyone in the area who has lost their male tabby to contact us."
He went on to explain that they believe that the cat was caught as some point within the last two weeks.
Continuing, Ch Supt Mike Flynn said: "Unfortunately, he wasn't microchipped and has no other identification so we're keen to trace his owner.
"While we understand this will be heartbreaking, we're sure they would like to know what happened to their pet."
He added: "It's not at all uncommon for domestic animals, as well as wildlife, to be caught in snares, which are indiscriminate and cruel.
"While snaring continues, suffering will continue and that's why we are in favour of an outright ban."