Dog loses leg after caught in trap, prompting renewed calls to ban trapping

WARNING: Some pictures in this story are graphic.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a hotly debated topic in New Mexico: whether or not to ban animal trapping. Now, a local rescue group is pushing for the ban after a lost pup barely escaped with his life.

When Argos Animal Rescue first found Kekoa, they didn’t think he would make it through the night. Now, after a miraculous recovery, he’s acting as their poster pup for change.

“Kekoa means warrior in Hawaiian,” said Kim Domina, Argos Dog Rescue founder. “Strength of a warrior and I think that’s what Kekoa is.”

A warrior who survived days with his leg caught in a steel trap.

“Officer Rico said that he was definitely caught in a leg-hold trap of some kind,” Domina explained. “And that he probably was there for a couple days.”

On November 27, Argos Animal Rescue and K-9 Rehab got a call about the horrific conditions Valencia County Animal Control found Kekoa in.

“He tried to chew his own leg off. He does have pretty horrific injuries,” Domina said. “He had bite wounds all over his entire body. We ended up having to amputate his leg because it was fractured.”

Tracie Dulniak with the K-9 Rehab Institute says this type of injury is becoming more and more common.

“We get a lot of these dogs that are coming in from other counties and other states that have been severely abused or injured through traps,” Dulniak said.

This leaves the injured dogs with emotional, physical and mental scars, a concern that Trap Free New Mexico says should be addressed.

“We shouldn’t have to rely on New Mexican’s dogs stuck in traps until we abolish the practice,” said Christopher Smith, advocate for Trap Free New Mexico.

It is a practice that state legislators have tried to ban before, but has remained legal.

Current laws say a trap must be 25 feet or more from a trail and checked every day. The only possible changes coming to the law, at this point, is that Game and Fish is considering increasing the setback requirement to 50 feet.

“Minor tweaks to the regulations aren’t going to keep people safe,” Smith said. “It’s not going to keep many pets safe but also, it’s not going to keep our native wildlife safe.”

Kekoa’s medical bills have exceeded $3,000. Argos Rescue and K-9 Rehab are now asking for help with those bills and boarding and are searching for a skilled foster parent to care for him because no one has claimed him.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the New Mexico Trappers Association for comment, but did not hear back.

More cases reported of dogs caught in traps at Island Lake State Park in Brighton


More people have come forward about their dogs being caught in traps at Island Lake State Recreation Area in Green Oak Township.

Green Oak Township resident Mark Timney reported an incident to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources involving his female German short hair pointerdog being caught in a trap there on Oct. 25. His dog was not on a leash, he said.

“When I reported it to the DNR hotline, the officer informed me that yet another dog discovered (but was not caught in) the trap earlier that morning. So it appears this is not a one-off incident. That area of the park is used daily by many people who train their dogs off the leash,” Timney said.

Timney also provided a photo of the trap, located about 50 feet outside of the Spring Hill mining operation near McCabe Road, which shows a chain-linked and clamp-like mechanism.


Dogs caught in traps at Island Lake park in Brighton

“Fortunately, I was able to release her,” Timney said.

He said he came back two days after the incident and the trap was gone.

“I’ve been walking my dog there for years and never encountered a trap,” said Timney, who said he continues to take his dog to the park.

The Green Oak Township Fire Department was called to an incident on Oct. 18 to get a trap open to release a dog caught in it, the department confirmed on Tuesday.

Brighton resident Jamie Tobbe said her dogs got caught in a trap in the park on Oct. 29 and although they were not hurt, were frightened after the incident.

RELATED: Dogs caught in traps at Island Lake state park

Andrew Haapala, unit manager of Island Lake State Recreation Area, could not be reached for comment.

At the time of the incident involving Tobbe’s dogs, Haapala said the traps were put there legally and that trapping is legal on state-owned land.

In order to place a trap on state land, it must be marked with the name of the trapper and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources identification number.

More on: Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains

Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains

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A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the man’s case.

In 2015, the 61-year-old man was brought to a hospital in Rochester, New York, after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality, the report said. The man had also lost the ability to walk on his own.

An MRI of the man’s head revealed a striking finding: The brain scan looked similar to those seen in people with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a fatal brain condition caused by infectious proteins called prions. Only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported, and most were tied to consumption of contaminated beef in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s. (In cows, vCJD is commonly called “mad cow disease.”)

But in this case, the man had another dietary habit that could have raised his risk for vCJD: His family said he liked to hunt, and it was reported that he had eaten squirrel brains, said Dr. Tara Chen, a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health and lead author of the report. It’s unclear if the man consumed the entire squirrel brain or just squirrel meat that was contaminated with parts of squirrel brain, Chen said. [27 Oddest Medical Cases]

Chen didn’t treat the patient, but she uncovered the case while writing a report on suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases seen at her hospital in the last five years.

The report was presented on Oct. 4 at IDWeek, a meeting of several organizations focused on infectious diseases.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects only about 1 in a million people each year worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s a “debilitating disease” that progresses quickly and usually results in death within one year of diagnosis, Chen told Live Science. There is no treatment or cure.

The disease results from prion proteins that fold abnormally, leading to lesions in the brain.

There are three forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD): one that is inherited, one that comes from exposure to infected tissue from the brain or nervous system (this form includes vCJD), and one type that is “sporadic” and does not appear to have a genetic or environmental cause.

The sporadic type is the most common, responsible for 85 percent of cases, according to the NIH.

Because CJD is so rare, doctors at Rochester Regional Health were surprised when four suspected cases of the disease occurred at the hospital within a six-month period, from November of 2017 to April of 2018. That number is higher than expected based on the population of the Rochester area, which has about 1 million people, said study co-author Dr. John Hanna, also a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health.

This high number of suspected CJD cases prompted Chen, Hanna and colleagues to conduct a review of suspected CJD cases occurring at their hospital from 2013 to 2018. (Five cases were identified, but two of those five ultimately tested negative for CJD.)

That’s when the doctors came across the case tied to squirrel brains. Tests indicated that this was a “probable” case of vCJD because of the MRI finding and a test that showed specific proteins in the patient’s cerebrospinal fluid, which often indicate the disease.

However, CJD can be confirmed only with a test of brain tissue on autopsy at death. Although the patient passed away after his diagnosis, Chen and colleagues are working to obtain access to his medical records to see if CJD was confirmed at autopsy. If so, such a confirmation would be highly unusual; only four confirmed cases of vCJD have ever been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The review of the five cases revealed a concerning finding: Diagnosis of the condition was often delayed; in one case, about two weeks passed before doctors suspected that a patient had CJD. In that case, the patient, a 65-year-old woman, had undergone plasmapheresis, a blood-filtering procedure, and a gynecological surgery before her diagnosis.

Quick diagnosis of CJD is important, because infectious prions could contaminate equipment used on patients with the disease, and this might transmit the condition to others if the equipment is not properly cleaned.

Diagnosis may be delayed, in part, because CJD is rare and is not “on the tip of the physician’s mind” when assessing a patient, Hanna told Live Science. In addition, once doctors suspect CJD and order a cerebrospinal fluid test, it typically takes around two weeks to get the test results.

The report highlights the need for doctors to keep CJD diagnosis in mind and for hospitals to have “policies for infection control when it comes to CJD,” Hanna said.

Originally published on Live Science.

Hunter rescued from sewer drain

Posted: Sep. 24, 2018 12:01 am


ALLAMUCHY — A 47-year-old hunter fell approximately six feet into an open sewer drain Friday night after allegedly shooting a deer with a bow and arrow in violation of the state’s 150-foot safety zone for bowhunting in residential areas.

The man, who sustained a head injury in the accident, later was flown to Morristown Medical Center.

Authorities were alerted to the accident, which occurred in a wooded area near the intersection of Old Allamuchy Road and County Road 517, shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.

Members of the Hackettstown Police Department, Hackettstown Rescue Squad and Hackettstown Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes later, as did paramedics from Saint Clare’s Health, where they observed the man in the sewer drain.

Firefighters and rescue squad volunteers rescued the man shortly afterward and transferred him to an Atlantic Ambulance helicopter.

Through a preliminary investigation, police determined that the man fell into the sewer drain while he and another person were attempting to retrieve the deer’s carcass. Although the man has not yet been charged, police indicated that it was determined through further investigation that he was hunting in illegal proximity to a nearby apartment building.

State law requires those engaged in bowhunting on lands to be at least 150 feet from a residential dwelling, and at least 450 feet from a school playground.

Those hunting with firearms must also do so from a minimum of 450 feet away from a residential building or school playground.

The matter remains under ongoing investigation by police, who are being assisted by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

‘Hunting dog’ abandoned with serious injuries after being hit by car

A dog who was ‘left for dead’ with serious leg injuries is recovering at an RSPCA hospital.

Zach Credit: RSPCA

Five-year-old Saluki Zach was found with serious injuries on Fambridge Road in Maldon earlier this month.

“Poor Zach was being used for some sort of hunting when he was injured. Salukis and lurcher types are often used for illegal blood sports such as hare coarsing and locals tell us he was being used to chase rabbits and hares across the fields. Unfortunately, Zach seems to have chased something into the road where he was hit – according to witnesses – by a car travelling at around 50mph. He suffered severe leg injuries and his owners left the scene and simply left him for dead. Thankfully, some kind members of the public helped him and contacted us right away so we were able to get him the veterinary attention he needed.”

Zach Credit: RSPCA

Zach suffered a broken leg and also had a nasty open wound. He will require surgery although vets hope to save the leg.

“Poor Zach was absolutely terrified and must have been in so much pain, it’s despicable that his owners could see him hurt so seriously in this accident and simply drive away and leave him there in agony.”

Zach Credit: RSPCA

Police were also called to the scene after the driver of the car failed to stop following the accident.


 Nov 26, 2017 10:32 PM PSTUpdated: Feb 05, 2018 9:34 AM PST

The owner of the dog holds up the trap that seriously injured their pet (FOX5).The owner of the dog holds up the trap that seriously injured their pet (FOX5).

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –A dog suffered serious injuries after being caught in a leg trap near a popular trail, according to a witness who was hiking near the area.

Brandon Kennedy said he hikes at Little Red Rock once or twice a month. Little Red Rock is an area north of Red Rock Canyon, that boasts trails and unique rock formations.

But while Kennedy was hiking with friends on Friday, he heard screaming.

“Almost like bloody murder,” Kennedy said.

He said the screams were coming from a couple hiking nearby, and when he went to help them, he found a dog severely injured after it’s leg was caught in a trap set up near the trail.

“Their dog went over into a bush to go to the bathroom and then ended up stepping right into the trap and it closed on him,” Kennedy said. “The pup broke some teeth trying to get the trap off it because it went down on its leg.”

Trapping is legal in Nevada, as long as the person setting the trap has a license and follows a list of regulations. On its website, the Nevada Department of Wildlife advises trappers to “be considerate of those who enjoy the outdoors,” and to “avoid setting traps near neighborhoods or along trails frequented by others.” Kennedy said in this case, the trapper ignored that advice.

“It was right where you would hike up onto the rocks. That trap was not in the right area where it should have been,” Kennedy said. “People are going up there for the serenity of nature and not really paying attention, but now, it’s crazy. You really have to have your eyes open.”

Upstate man killed in apparent hunting accident

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — One person is dead in what appears to be a hunting accident in Anderson County.

Authorities received a call around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday about a hog-hunting accident on Gentry Road in Starr, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said.

Boseman said it appears a hunter was killed in an accidental shooting.

The victim has been identified as Kenneth Jason Young, 40, of Starr.

Boseman said Young lived on Good Hope Church Road and was hunting in a nearby field. Boseman said a man and woman were also hunting hogs. They were not hunting with Young, nor did they know him, according to Boseman.

He said the woman was using a heat sensor scope and fired a shot – not realizing she was shooting at a person, Boseman said.

It appears Young was kneeling when he was fatally wounded.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are investigating the shooting.

Ban Automatic Weapons so Crazed Lunatics Won’t Kill as Many Innocents per Incident

Did the above title get it right? Isn’t that the ultimate goal that hundreds of thousands of protesters worldwide were hoping for? Wasn’t ‘Bombs, Bows, Poison and Knives would Leave a Lower Body Count’ the sort of message they were hoping to convey?

If not, I’m not sure I get it. I mean, do these good folks think mass killings will stop the day we take machine guns away from the general public? Would that that were true; the problems of school or workplace or Post Office violence would be a quick fix. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no gun-nut, or should I say, ‘shooting sports advocate’. By all means, implement all the gun control measures you think will help.

Unfortunately, the problem goes far deeper than the Sporting Goods section at the local Wal Mart (although that’s a good place to start). As long as people are training their guns on innocent animals, they’ll be potential school shooters. So what’s the answer, ban sport hunting? Perish the thought…

Finally someone’s striking at the root of the problem. In a March 29th article by Kevin Johnson in USA Today, entitled, “64% of assailants in mass attacks suffered from symptoms of mental illness, Secret Service report finds” we learn that, “a striking number of suspects linked to violent attacks in schools and other public places last year were stalked by symptoms of mental illness and nearly half were motivated by real or perceived personal grievances, a new Secret Service report has found.” The article goes on, Pakland “school administrators and law enforcement were all warned about Nikolas Cruz’s deteriorating mental state and risk of violence before he allegedly launched the attack that left 17 dead.”

So ban the occasional gun, get the odd kid to a councilor, but as long as we condone unnecessary killing every hunting season, someone’s not going to be safe.

NRA Takes Aim At ‘March For Our Lives’ Rally, Mocks Gun Violence Survivors

[Sadly for the animal’s sake, despite the hundreds of thousands of protesters and ‘gun-hating Hollywood billionaires’ speaking out, almost nothing is ever said about the fact that making sport of hunting and killing our fellow animals is one of the the driving forces behind NRA-types, and guns will never really be out of the hands of killers until we addres that.]…
“Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children,” the gun group said of the Saturday march.

Protesters in cities across the U.S. — from Washington D.C. to Portland, Oregon —- participated in March For Our Lives demonstrations on Saturday.

As hundreds of thousands of protesters prepared to gather in Washington and other cities across the U.S. on Saturday to demand meaningful gun reform, the National Rifle Association took to social media to mock the “March For Our Lives” event and the young gun violence survivors who spearheaded it.

The group posted a membership-drive video to Facebook with a scathing caption about the looming protest marches on Saturday morning.

“Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous,” the post declared. “Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”

Join the NRA, the group added, to “stand and fight for our kids’ safety.”

Thousands of protesters packed Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the March for Our Lives gathering on Saturday. The more popular protest chants included “Not one more,” “Vote them out” and “The NRA has got to go!”

The young activists gave eloquent, impassioned speeches at the D.C. event, excoriating lawmakers who have failed to act to reduce gun violence and the NRA for lobbying against sensible gun control legislation.

“If we move on, the NRA and those against us will win,” said 17-year-old survivor Delaney Tarr.  “They want us to forget. They want our voices to be silenced. And they want to retreat into the shadows where they can remain unnoticed. They want to be back on top, unquestioned in their corruption, but we cannot and we will not let that happen.”

“If they continue to ignore us … we will take action every day in every way until they simply cannot ignore us anymore,” Parkland student Delaney Tarr says at .

The clip, which featured NRA TV host “Colion Noir” (a pseudonym for Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.), had first been shared on YouTube on Thursday with the title “A March For Their Lies.”

“From where I’m standing, it looks like a march to burn the Constitution and rewrite the parts that they don’t like in crayon,” Noir said, referring to the young activists leading the rally.

In another NRA TV clip posted Thursday, Noir had harangued the Parkland survivors, saying “no one would know your names” if someone with a gun had stopped the shooting at their school.

“These kids ought to be marching against their own hypocritical belief structures,” Noir said, adding: “The only reason we’ve ever heard of them is because the guns didn’t come soon enough.”

Man charged after dog found in hunting trap near Troutman

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.