A HERVEY Bay woman has told of the heart wrenching moment she held her cat as it was put to sleep after it was allegedly left seriously injured when caught in an illegal steel-jawed rabbit trap.
Suzanne Ryan said she had let her kitten, named Baby, out in the front yard of her home to go to the toilet on Tuesday night and just before she went to call her inside, she heard the cat screaming.
Suzanne, who is in a wheelchair, got to the front of her home as quickly as she could to try to find Baby, but said there was no trace of her cat or anyone in her front yard by the time she got there.
Two days later, a woman allegedly noticed the cat caught in a trap in a neighbours' backyard.
The backyard Baby was allegedly found at was a short drive from Suzanne's home.
Baby was rescued and taken to the vet - but unfortunately it was too late.
One of her legs had been severely broken and one of her paws was crushed, leaving Suzanne with no option but to have her euthanised.
"It was very hard to see her in that condition.
"She didn't have a hope.
"When I arrived she was under a little pink blanket.
"She had to be anesthetised because the pain was too much, but she knew I was there.
"I talked to her and I held her. I just held her while she went to sleep.
"I've never seen an animal damaged like that."
Baby had only just been micro-chipped and desexed in the weeks leading up to her death.
Suzanne said the RSPCA had been informed of the incident and the trap had been confiscated.
Suzanne said Baby rarely left the house.
The cat was her constant companion.
She says she feels lost without her pet.
Furry Friends Animal Rescue Queensland have offered Suzanne her choice of any of their cats and Suzanne felt it would be a fitting tribute to Baby if she took in an animal that needed a good home.
RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty said the organisation was aware of the allegations.
She said an investigation into the incident was still ongoing.