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January 17, 2011
Personal email: On January 17,
our six month old puppy McGee slipped away from our yard and
could not be found. Two days later, he was dumped over our
fence. McGee was wearing a collar with our address and three
phone numbers on it. The trapper who found him did not call
any of those numbers to notify us of his critical condition.
Dehydrated, frost bitten and barely able to walk on three
legs, he probably would not have lived if he had not dragged
himself up to the house where I happened to be that day. His
front paw had obviously been caught in a leg hold trap so I
rushed him to the vet where I was told he may not live. The
vet who treated him said he treats many dogs that get caught
in leg-hold traps. Most lose at least part of their foot.
Fortunately our puppy responded to hospitalization, and $800
later we have him home again. We still do not know whether
he will ever walk without a limp. This occurred in an area
where lots of people bring their dogs and is a short way
from our house. The vet said the trappers are only required
to check their traps every four days and should be required
to check them everyday or use radio signal traps. How many
dogs could survive trapped for four days?
March 16, 2011
Personal email: Las Vegas
In the years I have trapped in the Spring Mountains, I have
never had an altercation or an incident with a dog owner. On
one occasion I have observed where I could tell that I had
caught a dog, but the owner obviously quickly released it.
In fact, I have a dog that accompanies me on my trap line
and she has been caught several times, with no ill effect.
In fact, I catch myself several times a year with no adverse
effects other than a firm resolve not to do it again. . . .
. . . To my recollection, these incidents arise every few
years, but in each case where the pet owner was reasonably
close to the dog, the dog was released without harm. As I
mentioned, my own dog gets caught several times a year and
never suffered any ill effects from these encounters with
March 16, 2011
Support email: Northern Nevada
My dog has been caught
twice in snare traps along the Truckee River and recently
caught in a beaver trap.
I realize trapping is legal but have a problem with Nature
Conservancy promoting nature and privately allowing people
to come on Conservancy property to exterminate the
cottonwood eating beavers.
To me it is the hypocritical attitude that is a problem and
not letting the public know traps are being used. My dog
almost suffocated in the snares. I understand the person
trapping did not have permission; however, my dog would have
drowned had I not jumped in the river to remove the leg
Labrador retrievers like water. I frankly do not like the
Regards, Mark Banks
March 2, 2011
I strongly favor SB 226,
legislation to "Prohibit the use of certain animal
traps in certain areas," because I have seen too many
times the the horrible damage that victims receive from
I have personally known people whose pets have been
seriously injured in these traps very close to housing.
March 2, 2011
Support email: Ely
We have had pets get caught in
these traps and we were traumatized to great extent as was
our pets when this happened. Our Dalmation was so scared as
my dad had to use all of his might to release the dog. Thank
goodness he did or Dice would have died.
Also if other animals are trapped near roads the animals
that are trapped (and very angry since they are inhumanely
dieing) are a danger to us walking by. Not only our pets but
us as well. The traps should be very far off of any road
where people may be walking there animals.
Please make changes and fix this issue.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
Sincerely, Jade Gelskey
March 3, 2011
Support email: Carson City
My neighbors' cat was trapped
right here in the center of Carson City....the little
sweetie lost her leg. As a Nevada resident, I am deeply
concerned about how my community treats its animals and the
manner in which our animals are controlled and managed. . .
Dec. 3, 2010
Dec. 3, 2010 Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissiners Meeting
. . . Commissioner Vogler said
. . . on the rare occasion that a unleashed dog stumbles
into a trap makes him feel very bad ands he had it happen to
his own dog. . . .If you are a good trapper you will do
everything not to trap a dog as no market for dog fur that
he knows of.