This is Dolly. Dolly came home to her owners with a snare around her neck! She had been missing for a few days and when she came home the owners felt something on her neck and brought her in to us. Under anaesthetic we removed a snare which must have been there for a day or two as it had dug into her skin. Toni, one of our nurses, gave her a nice pink bandage.
This reminded me of my favourite cat from my youth, Spick (half of Spick and Span), who came home after having been missing for some time. He came through the catflap and I was the first person to meet him, he went to his food bowl and I gave him a big stroke but found barbed wire around his midriff. He was rushed to the vet where a home made barbed wire snare was removed leaving a nasty wound which healed slowly if I remember rightly. Maybe this was one of the occasions that shaped my wanting to be a vet!
Snares like these are barbaric and cats, by their nature of hunting and being inquisitve and being the size they are, are very prone to being caught. Unfortunately, other ways of controlling vermin such as poison are also a risk to cats as they will eat the poison or the poisoned mice etc as they slow down and die, thus ingesting the poison too.