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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Jul 27, 2005
Location: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Species: Dog
Trap Type: Kill
Incident Date: Jul 26, 2005

Victim's Disposition: dead
Victim's Name: unknown

Legal Action: Yes
Result: charges to be filed

Summary: In a rural wooded area adjacent to within feet of residential backyard property, a woman saw the dog crawling and trying to paw what she thought was a muzzle of the contraption off her snout. When she approached to give the dog some water, it was discovered to be caught in a head trap. The SPCA was immediately alerted. The dog's snout, neck, and mouth were pinned by the Conibear trap. The trap could not be removed at the scene. The dog died in transport to animal hospital. It took several SPCA workers to pry the trap from the dog's head. The trap was set illegally set to catch groundhogs by a neighbor who neglected to warn neighbors in the surrounding area. Three other Conibear traps were found on his property. The man who set the trap claimed he had no idea the traps were illegal. Cats in the neighborhood have disappeared since the traps were set. Charges are expected to be filed before Magisterial district judge.

Source: Born Free USA incident report form

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