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Family Pet Gets Snagged By Coyote Trap In Northwest Austin
Trapped and injured -- a 9-year-old beagle out for a walk steps into a trap meant for a wild animal. It happened in a wooded area of Northwest Austin, off Gentle Breeze Terrace. It's a walk Mike Stabenfeldt and his dog Charlie make several times a day.
Charlie, especially, loves exploring the woods behind his master's home. But on that day, the curious beagle walked right into a trap.
"He was clearly in pain and not happy," said Stabenfeldt.
He says Charlie was walking about 25-feet ahead of him on his retractable leash, when all of a sudden he came across a trap lying on the ground. Stabenfeldt says he heard Charlie yelp. He ran up to see what happened, and saw the trap clamped around Charlie’s paw.
Stabenfeldt tried to remove the clamp, but couldn't. He ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
"I wasn't sure if Charlie was going to try and bite his foot off to try and escape the trap," said Stabenfeldt.
Luckily he didn't. Turns out the traps were set by animal control after a neighbor's cat was killed by a coyote. Animal control posted two signs in the woods alerting residents to the traps. But some say that's not enough.
"We walk all these roads up here, climb the hills," said Soll Sussman.
Soll Sussman walks his dog close to where some of the traps were set. Like Stabenfeldt, he never noticed the warning signs.
"I'd really appreciate knowing where they are to be more careful about it," said Sussman. And hopes his German Shepherd mix never suffers the same way Charlie did.
"I was frantic, I don't know how else to describe it," said Stabenfeldt.
Charlie is expected to make a full recovery. Animal control has since removed the coyote traps.
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By Alex Boyer