A cat has lost his front leg and will require special care moving forward after a run-in with a leg-hold trap in Penticton, BC.
The grey tabby, dubbed Phoenix, was brought to Theresa Nolet of AlleyCATS Alliance, Castanet reports. A veterinarian located a few towns away, Dr. Oz, agreed to take on the case – including the required amputation and follow ups – after meeting Phoenix.
"The guess is that someone, whoever had the trap, released Phoenix because otherwise the skin would have been even more damaged," Nolet said."The trapper must have come back to check the trap, released the cat and then took off."
This is another example of a leg-hold causing incredible pain and suffering to a fur-bearing animal – this time, a domestic cat. So long as these traps are used, inherently inhumane acts will continue.
Municipalities across Canada have the right to manage wildlife and wildlife-related activities (such as trapping) under their provincial municipal acts. Some areas have cited the clear cruelty of trapping, while others have recognized it as a public danger in their bans.
Please add your voice to this petition and bring an end to cruel trapping in Penticton, so we need not repeat the story of Phoenix.