CT: Man Charged With Illegal Trapping
February 5, 2010
Man Charged With Illegal Trapping
AVON — A Plainville man faces illegal trapping charges after a dog was
caught in one of his traps, the state's environmental agency said Thursday.
The incident happened Sunday, when a man was walking his dog on a trail
along the Farmington River in Avon, according to a press release from the
state Department of Environmental Protection. His dog got caught in a snare
trap, which is a wire loop that squeezes animals, eventually suffocating
them. Snare traps are illegal in Connecticut, said Capt. Raul Camejo of the
The dog's owner is familiar with snare traps, Camejo said, and was able
to release his dog, which was not injured. The man called the agency the
next day, and DEP police officers found more illegal snare traps at the site
and also found illegal leg-hold traps.
On Tuesday, officers returned to the site, he said. Stanislaw Koldziej,
57, approached while carrying more snare traps and other trapping equipment.
They seized the equipment and charged him with seven counts of illegal
trapping, seven counts of illegal coyote trapping and seven counts of
failure to tag traps with the name of the owner.
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