Nova Scotia

Snare found in Dartmouth's Shubie Park

A dog owner is warning others to keep a close eye on their pets after finding a dog with a wire snare wrapped around its neck.

A dog owner is warning others to keep a close eye on their pets after finding a dog with a wire snare wrapped around its neck.

Frank Zinck was in an off-leash area of Shubie Park Saturday when he spotted a border collie with something shiny in its fur.

"I couldn't believe it. I kind of got stabbed by a piece of this wire and it was a snare wrapped around its neck, completely tight around its neck," he said.

To Zinck, it looked as if the dog had snapped the wire off struggling to get out.

The dog's owner was nearby but didn't notice the snare.

Zinck is convinced it was set for a dog and not a small animal like a rabbit.

"I mean, you're talking a large border collie got his head stuck in this thing," he said.

News of the snare brought the local councillor to the park to search for more.

"I'm fearful that people will think this is a person who hates dogs that's out here loading the woods full of snares," said Darren Fisher.

Fisher said he didn't find any other snares.

Mathew Spurway said he plans to keep his new pet on a leash.

"The thought of somebody doing something to intentionally hurt a dog is obviously concerning. But you know, I think it's a safe area and a beautiful park," he said.

Rodney Habib, owner of pet store Planet Paws, agrees.

"The most important thing I think is not freaking everyone out. Of course it's serious what happened. We don't want to see people avoid the park. It's really important," Habib said.

The Department of Natural Resources has been notified. It's responsible for trapping in Nova Scotia.

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