PA: Cats caught in leghold traps
December 27, 2009
Cats caught in traps recovering
Wayne County, Pa. - Two area cats— believed to have been caught in
steel-jaw traps —suffered mangled paws and amputations. A third cat is
recovering after being found by a coyote trapper in the Milanville / Beach
Lake area, pinned in a trap by her front and hind leg. The fur trapper was
able to release the animal and bring her to the Dessin Shelter where she’s
Shelter Director Sue Frisch says: “I’ve been here 21 years and we have
seen the occasional cat in a trap. We have seen the occasional dog in a
trap. Maybe one a year, maybe not even one a year, makes its way to us. But,
to have three cats in a month — in a four-week time-frame — that’s a lot.”
The calico suffered the least amount of injury.
“Luckily for her, because she wasn’t in the trap that long, she didn’t
suffer the damage to her limb. Because, I think what happens is the longer
they’re in the trap, the circulation gets cut off. And the longer the
circulation is cut off, everything below what’s in the trap starts to die.
She went immediately to the vets - once we got her signed in. She’s doing
really well,” Frisch said.
An orange cat, nicknamed Flame by the shelter, brought in from Beach
Lake, lost her hind leg and tail, while a second orange tiger, found in the
Waymart area, lost his front limb.
“Cats are so resilient. There is a reason that there’s the saying, ‘Cats
have nine lives.’ And I, in all my years, have never met more resilient
creatures, and creatures that are more able to bounce back from problems,
than cats. I know a three-legged cat that catches birds and she’s missing a
front leg. And this same cat can jump up and down. She climbs into the
hayloft of a barn,” Frisch says.
“Animals live in the moment,” she added, “so they don’t have the ability
to feel sorry for themselves, that they’re missing a limb. They don’t know
that that isn’t what was supposed to happen. ... They just pick up and keep
moving and do the best they can with three legs.”
All three cats are available for adoption.
Potential pet owners need not need worry that the cats would require
extra care, Frisch said.
“I would not think for a second that any of these cats that are missing
their limbs will miss a beat in a new home,” she said.
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