What do you call a stray dog with a missing eye found with a leghold trap attached to his leg? My story is no joke, but the vet clinic that took me in told SCARS that someone decided to call me Trapper. My story is very disturbing. Thank goodness a kind RCMP officer found me when he did and brought me to the Athabasca Veterinary Services clinic for urgent care.
When stray animals come into care with injuries, SCARS and their vet partners usually have to guess what happened. But the proof of what caused my injury arrived at the clinic with me. The vet team removed the trap from my leg and took a photo of it. My injury was so severe that my leg had to be amputated. I also had an older injury that necessitated the removal of my eye. I’ve had a lot of bad luck so far in my life, but thank goodness that is changing.
Winter is the harshest time of year for homeless pets like me. In addition to the risk of starvation or being hit by a vehicle, we also have to deal with extreme cold and, in rural areas, dangers such as trap lines. It’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to lose limbs or be killed in traps intended for wildlife. Traps are indiscriminate killers. If you live in an area where there are traps please be aware of where your pets are at all times. If they disappear, it might be because, like me, they were lured into a trap and were unable to return home.
SCARS has a close relationship with the Athabasca vet clinic. I’m very grateful to Dr. Sandra Guabe for the discount she gives SCARS for her services and her tireless dedication to helping animals like me! I’m a male German Shepherd mix that is only 35 pounds.
Update: Trapper has been adopted. Read his Look at Me Now update!