A dog owner had to crawl through undergrowth to free her whimpering pet from an illegal fox trap at a popular Exeter beauty spot.
The walk at Ludwell Valley Park ended in a trip to the vet after the woman’s four-legged friend was snared by the dangerous wire device.
It had been placed in a hedgerow next to several opened tins of dog food near to the Wendover Way entrance.
Now users of the busy green space have been urged to remain vigilant.
The woman, who managed to free her pet as it cried for help, took it to the vet as she feared the food may have been poisoned.
Her dog was given a clean bill of health.
Devon Wildlife Trust, which manages the Park on behalf of Exeter City Council, said the snare was removed and police notified.
A search was carried out of the area, but no further devices were found.
The city council is urging users of the park to keep an eye out for anything suspicious and contact police with any information about the incident.
A spokesperson said: “It’s shocking that anyone would want to harm an animal in this way, be it a fox or a dog.
“Hopefully this is a one-off occurrence, but it might be sensible for dog owners to remain vigilant when walking their pets and ensure that they don’t wander off, in case there is a repeat of this incident.”
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