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IL: Man, Dog Caught In Hunter’s Traps

Man, Dog Caught In Hunter’s Traps

January 14, 2011

GENEVA, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) – A west suburban man and his dog found some illegal traps set in a wooded area – the hard way.

As WBBM Newsradio 780′s Nancy Harty explains, Jeff Henry heard his dog, Smoakie, yelp last Sunday, shortly after the dog took off through a field and into the woods near Route 31 and fabyan Parkway in Geneva.

The Daily Herald reports the 65-pound husky-collie mix was caught in a lasso-style trap anchored to a tree. Henry could not get the trap off.

Henry called 911, and firefighters were able to free Smoakie by cutting the trap.

Henry went back later to leave a note for the trap’s owner, saying, “Your trap almost killed by dog. Please get rid of your traps,” the Daily Herald reported.

But on his way out of the woods, was snared himself in a rusty-toothed claw trap around his foot. The fire department had to come back to free him.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating. Department Capt. Neal Serdar tells the Daily Herald the traps were set illegally.

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