Stray Cat Caught in Illegal Snare

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) - One male cat is resting easy this evening thanks to the help of a rescue shelter in the southtowns.

The cat, who has been named Boston after the town where he was found, was brought in to the 10 Lives Club rescue shelter with a thin, sharp wire wrapped tightly around his mid-section.

Experts at the shelter say the wire is actually an illegal snare, often used to capture fox and other types of small animals.

The veterinarian who performed the emergency surgery to remove the snare had to borrow sharp wire-cutters from an auto shop next door to the shelter to cut through the wire.

She also says the wire had been there for sometime, as the skin began to heal over it, causing fur and some skin to become grafted to the wire.

Snares are typically designed to get tighter around around the animal the more they struggle to get away.

"The wound has been there for some time...it shows evidence that he's tried to take care of it himself. He's got some broken teeth from apparently trying to chew it out and clean it and get rid of it on his own. It's just heavy metal and his teeth didn't get the job done," said Veterinarian Sharon Fisk, who performed the surgery.

The wire left a deep scar around Boston's stomach, but the folks at 10 Lives Club say after some rest and anti-biotics, he should be okay and ready for adoption.

Boston will also need some dental work done, as a number of teeth became chipped and damaged as he tried to chew through the wire to fee himself.

According to the shelter, the total cost for rescuing Boston will be in the thousands, which they say is worth every penny. But as rescue group, they are hoping some community members will step up and help pay for high cost of Boston's surgery and recovery.

For more information or to make a donation, visit the 10 Lives Website Here.