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RSPCA warn of dangers of nets to wildlife after fox has to be destroyed at primary school

PUBLISHED: 15:05 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:05 07 January 2014

This fox in Hextable had to be destroyed after becoming trapped in a net

This fox in Hextable had to be destroyed after becoming trapped in a net

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The RSPCA has warned residents about the dangers of netting to wildlife after a fox had to be put down after becoming trapped in a football goal.

Inspector Zenon Brown was called to Hextable Primary School in Rowhill Road, Hextable, after a member of the public spotted the fox trapped in a net.

Mr Brown said the fox was “tightly entangled” in the net and he “few options” to help it as the fence could not be climbed”.

He added: “The fox was clearly stressed and suffering and leaving it overnight was not an option as it would have suffered further.”

He tried to find a way to gain access to the property to release the animal but it was not possible and “the kindest option was to humanely euthanise the fox”, according to a RSPCA spokesman.

Headteacher Suzie Hall said: “We are very saddened to hear that the fox was injured and had to be destroyed.

“We have removed the nets and will make sure they are securely tied out of reach so this type of incident does not happen again.

“We have contacted Kent County Council and they will be letting all schools know about the dangers to animals when leaving sports nets out.”

Mr Brown added: “These situations can be avoided if people were to remove or raise netting when it is not in use and store it away in a shed or garage.”

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