Pet owners beware: Snares trap 2 dogs on Torbay trail
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A Torbay man is warning dog owners to keep their pets on a leash after he found two beagles trapped in a snare early Friday morning.
Alex Chafe said he heard howling around his house on Evenings Path around 2 a.m. Friday, and went to see if he could find the source of the sound.
"I tried to track them but couldn't find them, so first thing this morning I went out to try and see where they were."
Chafe said he found two small dogs with wires like a noose around their necks about four of five metres off a trail.
'Not totally responsive'
"There was one dog that was in hard shape. The snare had really tightened around this guy's neck," Chafe said. "The second dog — he was in better shape but he was pretty spooked."
The snares had one wire tightly around a pure-breed beagle's neck, but two wires had trapped a second beagle-cross.
"The beagle, he was in pretty bad shape. He was was not totally responsive and he had a snare really tight around his neck," he said.
"The second dog [was caught in] two snares, but luckily for him they weren't quite as tight."
He called Torbay Animal Control, which he said showed up within a short period of time and freed the dogs.
They were then taken to a vet.
Chafe said the snares were set just off a popular walking trail. He said he wants other owners to be vigilant.
"It would only take my dog getting off the leash or me dropping the leash [and] he could be into the woods and caught in a snare in seconds."
Torbay Mayor Ralph Tapper told CBC News the dogs are expected to make a full recovery, and one has been released from the vet.
With files from Carolyn Stokes