Cat may require amputation after stepping into illegal trap

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Animal cruelty investigators in Salamanca are looking to determine who illegally set a steel jaw leg trap on Waite Avenue that ensnared a cat.

The male cat, now named Will, was found Tuesday and taken to the Randolph Veterinary Clinic for treatment. Investigators say Will is not the first cat to fall victim to one of these traps. There have been several others injured in traps someone has set on River Street.


In many cases, amputation is the only option available after a cat steps into the trap. Will suffered puncture wounds and broken bones. He will be recovering for at least the next three weeks. Only time will tell if an amputation will be required.

Anyone with any information on this case or other incidents of animals being caught in traps should contact the Salamanca Police Department.

If you’d like to donate to the Empire Animal Rescue Society to help offset the cost of Will’s treatment, send an e-mail to or send a check to EARS, 2 Fancher Ave, Salamanca, NY 14779.

Food and kitty litter donations are accepted at Salamanca City Hall at 225 Wildwood Avenue in the City Clerk’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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