Family urges others to become educated about illegal traps after losing dog

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

Posted: 6:41 PM, Dec 07, 2019
Updated: 11:12 AM, Dec 08, 2019

MISSOULA — Rachel Luger and Brian Dalpes experienced the unthinkable on December 1st, when their 17-month old dog Betsy got trapped in an illegal trap when they were out for their evening walk.

The trap was near the family’s routine walking path for Betsy, off Hiberta Road.

“We go down to this area all the time several times a week,” Dalpes said, “and we were just doing our walk and she was kind of behind me a little bit and around the bend in the trail and I just heard a commotion, and heard what sounded like an animal fighting.”

Dalpes went to investigate, and he saw the trap was caught on Betsy’s neck.

Dalpes succeeded in getting the trap of Betsy but the damage to Betsy’s airway was severe.

Dalpes and…

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2 thoughts on “Family urges others to become educated about illegal traps after losing dog

  1. Unfortunately, the steal trap is ubiquitous in the U.S., Canada and other countries as well. Millions of innocent animals are suffering and dying because of them. Often, it is only when a domestic pet gets caught in one, that the general public then becomes aware of this horrible torture device. All trapping should be “Illegal.” This is a medieval device, used by “game agencies” ranchers, hunters and trappers. Often, hunters will set traps while waiting in their deer blind, just to pass the time. The Livestock Industry also condones and utilizes traps to kill coyotes, mountain lions, and any other wild animal they deem a “threat” to cows or sheep. It is a terrible slaughter going on in our National Forests, wilderness areas, even Wildlife Refuges.

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