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Wild Animal Caught In Illegal Trap In DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Cindy Snyder was walking into the backyard of her northwest Washington home recently when she heard a sound that still echoes in her mind.  

"Really strange, loud noise," Cindy said.

To Cindy's great surprise, it was a young raccoon walking in pain along the top of her fence, his front left paw snared in a leg hold trap.  

The raccoon had apparently been caught in the trap for about a week and had been seen wandering around the neighborhood chewing at its paw, trying unsuccessfully to get the trap off.

"There were little tendons severed, there were two little forearm bones sticking out of its flesh," according to Cindy.

Scott Giacoppo of the Washington Humane Society says leg hold traps, which are illegal in Washington, are extremely dangerous, not just for raccoons, but for dogs or cats, even little kids who could inadvertently get caught in them.

"They're cruel, they're indiscriminate, any animal could step into it and fall victim to it.  A small child could step into this," Giacoppa said while demonstrating how a leg hold trap works.

Giacoppo added that right now they have no idea who set the trap, why it was set, or exactly where.  And perhaps most disturbing for the Humane Society is that no one knows if any more leg hold traps have been set in other parts of the city.

The Humane Society is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set the trap.

The raccoon caught in the trap has been euthanized.


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