Man Charged with Felony Animal Cruelty in Illegal Trapping and Fatal Maiming of a Coyote Pup in Los Angeles

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Pressure from Wildlife Protection Organizations Results
in Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

LOS ANGELES, CA—A thorough investigation and sustained pressure from California-based Project Coyote, along with support from PETA, have resulted in Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey filing two criminal charges against Richard Wallem. The District Attorney found that Mr. Wallem committed felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor use of an illegal trap when he trapped a coyote pup in the Valley Village neighborhood adjacent to North Hollywood on the Fourth of July weekend this year, then failed to check the illegal leghold trap for over 24 hours.

Avideo released on Project Coyote’s YouTube pageshows in graphic and tragic detail the coyote pup struggling desperately to get free of the trap in the brutal summer heat. Despite the help of a local teen who discovered the terrible scene after hearing cries of distress, the unfortunate young coyote suffered irreparable…

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