Terry Deubler waited about 30 minutes for help to arrive after her dog Max got caught in a hunter’s trap today in the mountains south of Coaldale. The trap didn’t have visible owner identification and was not on PA State Game Lands.
Luckily, Max only suffered a minor injury.
Below is the comment posted on Facebook from Deubler:
TO THE PERSON WHO TRAPS ANIMALS:
I want you to see what you did to my dog. You caused him fear and pain so you could make money off an animal skin that doesn’t belong to you anyway. A dog, cat or small child doesn’t know to not go near your traps. It’s inhumane and I’ll never know who caused this nor do I want to know but what I do know and believe is that there is karma for everything we do.
If you’re wondering why I would take a picture of this instead of helping my dog is because I was not strong enough to open your trap and had plenty of time to take this picture while we waited about a half hour for help. Thank you Danny Sugden and Richie for helping us. We are forever grateful.
Information on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website states that once traps are set, they must be checked daily. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission requires that all traps include the name and address of the trapper or an identification number.
Information on AnimalLaw.info reads (34 Pa. C.S.A. § 2361 – 2364):
These Pennsylvania statutes make it unlawful to take, kill, wound, capture or possess any furbearers except during open season and without a permit. It is also illegal to set traps closer than five feet from a den, use a pole trap, deadfall, poison, explosive, chemical, leg-hold trap with teeth on the jaws, to smoke out or dig out any den, to set or place a cage or box trap in the water, or use any trap unless tended every 36 hours and all animals are released or removed. A violation relating to bobcat or otter is a summary offense of the fourth degree; other violations are a summary offense of the fifth degree.
Click HERE to read Nuisance Management via the PGC’s website.
Click HERE for tips of removing a pet from a body-grip trap.
Click HERE to view/download the PGC’s 88-page 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Digest.