Puppy gets trapped in a hunting trap while on a hiking excursion
HARRISON (WGME) – A five-month-old puppy digging a hole, got one of his front paws caught in a coil spring trap yesterday morning.
Currently, trapping season is underway for coyotes and foxes.
Yesterday morning, Brittney O’Donnell took her puppy, Bagheera, also known as Bug, for short for a hike up to Pulpit Rock in Waterford.
"We went all the way up to the top and back down," says Brittney O'Donnell.
When they got back to the car, O'Donnell let the puppy off his leash so he could run and play.
"I was getting everything loaded back into the vehicle. And all of a sudden, I looked up from my phone and I heard him yelping really loud and I ran over there as fast as I could. That's when I realized he had gotten stuck in a trap and I didn't even know what to do," says O'Donnell.
O’Donnell didn’t know how to open the trap, but eventually freed her dog. She says Bug was badly limping. She thought his foot was broken.
"I didn't see the actual force of it slamming on him but from the sound of him. I mean, it was just awful. Luckily, he's got a lot of pad on his foot and I think that's really what helped him," says O'Donnell.
By nightfall, the swelling had gone down and he was using his leg again.
O'Donnell believes that it is no place for a trap. She says if you are going to put one there, there should at least be a warning."
"It's really scary to think about that. They don't have a warning, one sign, one simple sign as you're driving down that quarter mile pipeline. One sign. That's all it would have taken. And I would have turned around and taken the dogs home," says O'Donnell.
Under the Maine trapping law, trappers are not required to post warning signs.
O'Donnell told CBS-13, it may not be a law, but it's the right thing to do.