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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Sep 16, 2008
Location: Rosemount, Minnesota

Species: Dog
Trap Type: Kill
Incident Date: Nov 01, 2007

Victim's Disposition: dead
Victim's Name: Bella

Legal Action: Yes
Result: City Council passed an ordinance 5-0 restricting where traps can be set.

Summary: A man was walking his dog along the south shore of Lake Keegan when she caught a whiff of something. Because the man had been training Bella for hunting, he allowed her off the sidewalk about 100 yards to investigate. After exploring, the two started to walk back and passed a metal post. He heard Bella yelp and thought at first that she was tangled in some barbed wire in the grass. When he looked closer, he realized that a metal trap was around her neck. As he frantically struggled to remove it, Bella began to suffocate, her eyes wide and tongue turning blue. "By the time I figured out how it all worked and where the release was, it was too late," he recalled. "She was gone." The man immediately notified the police, thinking there was "no way" trapping could be legal so close to a residential area. The trap was for coyotes and raccoons. He soon found out that Rosemount had no rules on trapping and started writing letters to city officials. His efforts paid off. In September 2008, the Rosemount City Council passed an ordinance 5-0 restricting where traps can be set.

Source: Star Tribune

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