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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Jun 22, 2005
Location: Seabeck, Washington

Species: Dog
Trap Type: Kill
Incident Date: Jun 12, 2000

Victim's Disposition: unknown
Victim's Name: Freckles

Legal Action: unknown
Result: n/a

Summary: A woman and her sister often hiked on old logging roads in Department of Natural Resources land near Silverdale. On this occasiion, Freckles wandered off the trail and was caught in a Conibear trap, an instant kill underwater trap set illegally on land. "Though she struggled mightily against the iron bars holding fast her small neck, slowly Freckles was strangling to death. We had no idea how to free her and our tearing and clawing at the trap was to no avail. Finally, through sheer luck and primal strength born of fear and outrage, my sister and I were able to pry the bars apart sufficiently so that Freckles was able to pull her head out."

Source: PAWS Magazine

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