Cortland SPCA: Cat caught leg in animal trap

An SPCA worker holds Amora. The cat recently had its leg caught in an outdoor trap that was illegally set (photo provided).

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The New York State Humane Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leg hold trap in the city of Cortland.

On May 23, at approximately 6 p.m, Cortland County SPCA Investigator Christopher Brown was called to 5 Bartlett Avenue, where he was met with City of Cortland Police Officer Trevor Wenz at the scene.

The officers observed a black and white cat caught in a leg hold trap with its paw almost completely severed. After working on the trap, both officers were able to remove the cat’s leg and free the cat from the trap.

The female cat, now named Amora, was weak, emaciated, and dehydrated, according to Cortland County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Bill Carr. Its leg had been stuck in the trap for several days.

A veterinarian was able to save the cat's life, but the cat's front right leg had to be amputated. The cat has a spay scar, which means she may be owned by someone in the area in which she was found. The veterinarian noted that the cat was friendly with people and other cats.

The SPCA is investigating the area in which Amora was found. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cortland County SPCA at 607-753-9386.