A dog was found trapped and injured in a poachers’ snare close to a canal.
Lisa Foreman, 43, was walking her two Patterdale terriers, Tiger and Skye, at around 9pm on Tuesday in Bottom Boat,Stanley, when she became aware Skye was distressed due to her loud cries.
Mrs Foreman, of Stanley, found her dog caught in the snare which was attached to a fence, above a hole big enough for dogs to crawl through.
It leads on to land that is next to coach houses called the Lake Yard.
The snare was wrapped around Skye’s lower leg and it took Mrs Foreman five minutes to free her dog and remove the snare, to protect other animals.
Mrs Foreman said: “The snare could have easily been wrapped around my dog’s neck or around a wild animal who would have been left to die.”
Mrs Foreman reported the incident to Wakefield Council, the police, the RSPCA and the National Anti Snaring Campaign.
Glynn Humphries, service director of environment and streetscene at Wakefield Council, said: “We are aware of the incident and understand that the RSPCA is investigating.
“We have made our dog wardens aware so they can be extra vigilant of such harmful devices and if found remove them report to the RSPCA.”
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to use self-locking snares and to kill animal by this method.
Mrs Foreman added: “Fortunately Skye was not injured but was extremely distressed.”
Anyone with any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.