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Quebec dog killed by trap

A Hemmingford, Que., couple is warning people to be careful on a local nature path after their dog was killed by a trap.
Leila Basen said her dog died after running into these woods near Hemmingford, Que., and coming in contact with a trap. (CBC/Jay Turnbull)

A Hemmingford, Que., couple is warning people to be careful on a local nature path after their dog was killed by a trap.

Leila Basen and Don McEwen regularly walked their dog, an Australian Shepherd called Lola, along the trail.

But one morning,  McEwen was walking the dog when Lola caught a scent and ran into the brush. When the dog didn't return, Basen said McEwen made a gruesome discovery.

Leila Basen and her Australian Shepherd Lola. (Leila Basen)
"There she was, she had her neck stuck in the wire of a trap. She was still alive," said Basen.

Basen said Lola had been attracted by the bait set in the trap, and died a short time later.

From October to April, people are allowed to trap for some animals in the area.

Basen said she wants the mayor to change the town's bylaws.

"There should be an exclusion zone where you're not allowed to hunt and you're not allowed to trap," said Basen.

Shifting the blame

The trap Basen said killed her dog. (Leila Basen)
The mayor of Hemmingford, Paul Viau, said people have the right to set traps.

He said Basen and McEwen should have followed the town bylaw that says dogs need to be on leashes.

But Viau said he sympathizes with the couple, and is in talks with regional authorities and land owners about identifying trap locations.

He said this is the second time he has heard of a pet getting caught in a trap.

Jean-Jacques Gauthier of the Quebec Trappers Association also put some of the blame on Basen.

Gauthier said part of the problem has to do with people like Basen moving from the city to the country.

"People are in the country and yet they still think they are still in the city. Sometimes they do not adapt to the country life," said Gauthier.