Okanagan cat caught in trap: loses leg
A Summerland man is warning his neighbours with pets to be on the lookout for leg traps.
Peter Reid lives on Kato Street, near the bird sanctuary in Summerland.
Last week his cat, Tasha, went missing. Reid searched for her for four days before she finally returned home on her own.
Reid was sickened to see that one of her back legs was caught in a leg trap.
“It’s disgusting,” Reid said.
He managed to get the trap off Tasha’s leg, but it was badly crushed.
Reid brought Tasha to the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital to be cared for by Dr. Moshe Oz.
The cat will now undergo surgery to amputate the damaged leg.
The operation costs several thousand dollars, but Reid has been told that a group called Critter Aid will help with the cost, and the veterinarian will waive the rest of the fees.
Leg-hold traps are legal, but they must be padded, offset or laminated, and must be set at least 200 metres away from any homes.
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