Dog with Damaged Leg from Trap Needs Foster Family

“I can think of three times I’ve heard of similar situations in my 25 years with the department”, Reeves said.

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Chuck is a two-year-old Staffordshire terrier, and is from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.  He was found outdoors by a family, with an animal trap clamped down on his left front leg.  The family that found him called the Kent County Animal Control, and with the assistance of Kelley’s Animal Clinic, medical staff were able to save his damaged leg.

Upon Chuck’s arrival, things didn’t look very good for the poor guy.  With the animal trap tightly clamped down, it was thought that they may have to amputate it.  However, using many medical disciplines, Chuck is still on all fours.

About a month into the recovery process now, Chuck is starting to undergo things like cold laser therapy, and water-assisted therapy.  The staff at Kelley’s are expecting that Chuck will make a full recovery, despite the terrible results that usually follow when a dog wanders across of one these cruel and inhumane traps.

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There is still a bit of surface damage, and a bit of a deformation of the skin right at the site the trap clamped down.  Also, Chuck may always walk with a pronounced limp from the damage the trap caused.  However, getting to keep all four paws on the ground is still easier on him than the alternative.

When he was found, Chuck had no identification on him.  He was also listed as found and no one has come to claim him.  The normal hold time for claiming him has expired, so now, while still in therapy, a foster home for Chuck is being sought.  Once he completes his therapy, Chuck will be put up for adoption.

The fact that there are people setting traps in the area Chuck was fund in is still a major concern.  There are many families with dogs as members in this area, and whomever decided to set the trap, also left no identifying information on the trap.  So, no one really knows who set it, or for what reason.  Kent County Animal Control is still looking into that matter.

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According to Douglas Reeves, assistant chief of the Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said that legal and experienced trappers usually pose little to no threat to the pets in this area.  He’s said that any and all traps are legally supposed to be clearly and plainly marked.  They’re required to have the name and address of the owner of the trap, or a valid driver’s license number attached to it as well.  There are also specific times of the year when it is and is not legal to set traps.

Anyone in the area trapping should have known there are rules, and also should know that failure to follow the regulations surrounding the practice carry a misdemeanor charge and very hefty fines.  When asked by reporters how often things like unidentified traps being found actually happens, all he could say was it was an exceedingly rare occurrence.

“I can think of three times I’ve heard of similar situations in my 25 years with the department”, Reeves said.

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24 thoughts on “Dog with Damaged Leg from Trap Needs Foster Family

  1. This poor dog being caught in a trap? I cannot even imagine the pain he went through. , Traps are the most cruel way to kill or destroy an animal and the person who set it should go to jail and not be allowed to trap again! If the people who use traps would have to be trapped in one of their own traps then maybe they would feel the pain and suffering that goes with being TRAPPED!

  2. What a beautiful, sorry handsome, well then again both apply. I wish I could take him. Im way way far from there. Im confused a bit, I thought trapping was only allowed when far away enough from established areas of human and pets vicinity. So, marking on cruel trap anyway(coward hunting) or unmarked trap should be looked at again. Dont spend a ton of money on this that tax payers have to fund. Just allow such wimp involved “hunting” farther away. Only a few now need this for food. Yes humans have eaten darn near everything out there. Case in point,horses,cows,chickens,goats,rabbits,fish,ducks,frogs,oysters,pigs, even dogs and cats. Here these are a huge NO NO to us, no dogs and cats and other family pets, of any type.
    So, only a one person after another and so on and so on, can change what is occuring in their back yard.

  3. OK .. so a dog was caught and could have died in a trap set out .. hidden, terrible damage causing trap. What if it had been a child ??????

  4. I wish I could foster him! Can’t with 1 dog aggressive rescue and needy bulldog. Hope he gets his forever home soon!

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