Tayside and Central Scotland

Probe as fox found snared in illegal gin trap in Dundee

Animal welfare workers have launched an investigation after a seriously injured fox was found caught in an illegal gin trap in Dundee.

The Scottish SPCA was called in after the animal was discovered in the trap near the Baldovie Recycling Centre on Wednesday.

It is thought the fox had been in the trap for several days, and had "suffered a great deal".

The fox had to be put down. Officers have appealed for information.

Ch Insp Brian Cowing of the Scottish SPCA said: "Gin traps have been illegal for over 50 years. They are cruel and indiscriminate and will capture whatever or whoever sets it off.

"The industrial estate is close to an area of parkland and we think it's possible the trap was set there and the fox managed to move with it still attached.

"We are asking anyone with information about who may have set this trap to contact us.

"As the area is popular with dog walkers we would also urge locals to be on their guard and call us if they come across a trap."

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