Nfld. & Labrador

Another family dog ensnarled in hunter's trap in Labrador

Last weekend, a family pet was caught in a hunter's trap, which was set near a residential area in western Labrador.
This trap proved to be difficult to open after a pet dog was caught in its grasp last month in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (Submitted by Peg Pelley)

A family pet was caught in a hunter's trap set near a residential area in western Labrador last weekend.

Paula O'Keefe said she and her husband Don took their dog Lucky for a run around Wabush Lake on Saturday afternoon, when the animal's paw got caught in a trap, not far from the path. 

"Only within seconds we heard him howl, and I seen him pulling," O'Keefe said.

"I said to Don, 'Oh no, he's got in some kind of trap.'"

"You know there's no way that he could have got out of that with really no harm at all."

Lucky lived up to his name — O'Keefe said they were able to remove the trap quickly with no injuries.

O'Keefe told CBC News that many people take their dogs and their kids to the Wabush Lake area.

She wants regulations put in place which would restrict hunters from setting traps so close to town. 

Second incident in a month

It's not the first time an animal unintended for the device was struck.

A Labrador-Husky cross was seriously injured when it was caught in a hunter's trap in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The dog's leg was caught in the device, and the animal cracked 17 teeth trying to free itself.

Labrador City Mayor Karen Oldford says the town will look into the issue in the new year. (CBC)
The animal had to be transported to Montreal for surgery. 

The mayor of Labrador City, Karen Oldford, said while there is no bylaw in place to prevent hunters from setting traps inside town limits, the town will consider the issue next year.

"We're always reviewing our regulations and our bylaws, and something that we have on our to-do list for next year is to have another review and make sure we're staying current. And so this may be something that will be looked at in the next year," Oldford told the Labrador Morning Show

Oldford said hunting and trapping is covered by provincial regulations.