A hunter was charged with animal cruelty last week after authorities said they found a dog caught in a hunting trap near Troutman for what appeared to have been several days.
Iredell County Animal Services responded to the 100 block of Justin Drive, south of Troutman, on Dec. 14. In the woods in that area, the officers found a dog with its foot caught in a coyote trap, according to an investigation report.
The dog “appeared to be emaciated, dehydrated, very weak and in excruciating pain,” the report claimed. Officers estimated the male dog had been stuck in the trap “for several days.”
The trap severed the bones in three of the dog’s toes, which remained attached to the dog by a small piece of skin.
The dog is a large brown and black Akita-shepherd mix.
Animal control officials freed the dog from the trap and brought it to the animal shelter for treatment. According to county spokesman Ben Stikeleather, the dog was adopted by a rescue group and will continue to get medical attention.
Officers found one other trap in the woods, according to the report. Stikeleather said the traps did not meet state regulations.
After an investigation, authorities said they determined that Alex Kraig Cummins, 30, of Carpenter Cabin Drive, Charlotte, was the hunter who set the trap. He had a hunting license, Stikeleather said, but he is accused of not checking the trap every 24 hours as required by law.
“The factors caused suffering for an extended period of time,” Stikeleather said.
On March 12, Cummings was served an arrest warrant for misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was released on an unsecured $2,500 bond.