According to the Georgina Advocate, the LaCroix family found their four-year-old calico, Minou, with a wire snare still encircling her neck – she was bleeding from both sides of her mouth.
The hanging snare, which is legal in its general application but not in that specific zone in Ontario and considered humane by some standards, was described by Don LaCroix in the article: “an animal is basically hoisted and strangled. If someone can be this cruel to an animal, I’m not sure that’s the type of person we want around.”
As the hanging snare is not legal in this zone (according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources), an investigation has been opened by conservation officers.
APFA believes that the public has a right to know that these types of traps do exist in the area – regardless of their legality – and the maximum possible penalty should be levied against the individual who set them.
We are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this snare and the injury to Minou.
We are also encouraging municipal officials to develop a forward-thinking Living With Wildlife plan for their community, which can provide humane options for conflict resolution to local landowners.
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