Newfoundlander recommends dog owners carry pliers after snaring incident

A family nearly lost their best friend to a snare while coming home from vacation in Newfoundland.

Local radio station VOCM (590 AM) reported that a family stopped their car to stretch their legs and the family dog was let out.

“The dog was 150 feet from the truck when he heard a bark and a yelp, and then silence,” VOCM noted. The family was able to find their dog, who had been caught in a snare. Fortunately, they were able to free him with pliers that were in the car. “[The family] want(s) everyone to be aware of the dangers of coyote snares… anyone with a dog who goes into the woods should have wire cutters or pliers in case.”

It is exceptionally frightening that anyone would need to carry tools to rescue their pets – or even small children – from the grips of traps. When laws regarding traps were written, the areas where they were placed were truly untouched. But more and more people are going deeper and deeper into the woods and natural areas.

It’s time for laws to reflect the realities in Canada – and keep everyone safe.

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