The fox club. Photo shared on An Garda Síochána Mayo Facebook page.

Mayo gardaí discovered fox cub during searches of properties

GARDAÍ conducting searches of properties in Mayo found something they weren't quite expecting - a young fox cub.

The cub was being kept in a cage.

Members were conducting planned searches of a number of properties in the county yesterday morning when they found the caged cub.

Foxes are wild animals and it is a criminal offence to keep any wild animal in captivity.

Gardaí liaised with the local dog warden to bring the animal to safety right away and after being assessed by a vet he was placed in the care of an animal rescue centre.

Gardaí are currently investigating under the Animal Health and Welfare Act, 2013.