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Dogs running at large (12/09/2012)
From: Shirley Taggart

There is a law against letting domestic animals run at large. In a nutshell, it means if the animal belongs to you, you are responsible. What does responsible mean? You provide food, water and shelter. That’s the least you can do but that doesn’t go far enough. We must not and cannot expect others to watch out for our pets.

Last week, on my way to town, there was a large German Shepherd dead along the road. No collar and no tags. Someone had been taking care of him. But who? Did they miss him or even look? I don’t know. Mishaps happen and pets do get away from us despite our best efforts. All too many times, however, pets are allowed to run free. Totally free. Free to wander the countryside or neighborhood and free to get hit by a vehicle, get lost, and caught in traps.

Fox 9 News reported a segment on Sunday, November 25, 2012, about a Black Lab that got her muzzle caught in a wire snare. Snares are illegal. Please read the following. Just a heads up that the dog survived and will be okay. Don’t say, “I just love animals too much to read it.” All the more reason to read it. If you do love animals and care about their welfare, then it’s up to you to change things. Don’t leave it up to others to do the work. Get involved. Not easy but it can be done.

As reported: Princeton, Minn. (KMSP): “A Black Lab is recovering after getting caught in a trapping snare just north of the Twin Cities.

“The dog was first spotted Wednesday near Princeton, Minn., about an hour north of the metro. She’s now recovering after being rescued by volunteers with Pets in Crisis.

“A veterinarian says some of her teeth are broken and the deep cut on her face was healing over the wire. Rescuers say the dog went four days without being able to eat or drink.

“‘They set the traps, the animal gets their foot in there,’ said Claudia Beckman with Pets in Crisis. ‘In this case the dog’s face got in there and every time you pull, it tightens.’

“New fur trapping regulations are aimed at preventing these types of accidents, and the Minnesota DNR warns trappers about accidentally capturing dogs.

The dog was unleashed and not wearing tags. She will be handed over to an animal rescue.”

Snares and traps are cruel. They cause animals to suffer and this dog was one of the lucky ones. How many animals are so fortunate? Will the owner come forward? If they do come forward, are they willing to pay the veterinarian costs or is that a good reason not to come forward?

We must hold our governor and legislators responsible and accountable for continuing to allow this practice. They have the power and ability to change the law and ban snares and leg hold traps.

Even though the election is over, let your elected officials—new and old—know what you expect. Insist on a change. Yes, the election is over. Now the work begins.

Be responsible. Have your pets spayed or neutered. 


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