is adjusting to life with three legs.
a two-year-old healer cross, is adjusting to life with three legs. She recently
had surgery to amputate a leg after it was severely injured in a leg hold
hold traps are non specific. Whatever animal crosses their path, they're
going to get stuck in there whether it be a raccoon, a dog, a bird, and
to whatever animal gets stuck, it's a horrific death, or injury, which we
see often in the dogs we rescue," said R.J. Bailot with Pound Rescue.
hold traps are legal in Alberta and are often used in rural areas. Animal
rescue groups like Pound Rescue are seeing a spike in the number of cases
of animals getting caught in the traps.
the last year, we've rescued about a dozen animals," added Bailot.
Point Pet Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Laina Knorr, says treating animals
like Roxy is very costly.
x-rays, bandage changes, amputation, surgeries, medications, all that kind
of stuff can run well over a thousand, two thousand, three thousand dollars,"
said Dr. Knorr.
Knorr treated Roxy's injuries and tried to save her leg, but decided amputation
would be best. She says she too is seeing more dogs with injuries from leg
this time of year when there are a lot more stray dogs out there, the weather
is nice, they're scavenging for food and they'll go to any lengths to find
it, and so they do get themselves into some pretty tough situations,"
said Dr. Knorr.
Rescue says rising medical costs from leg hold trap amputations are threatening
its spay-neuter program, so it's in desperate need of donations. The group
is also calling for legislative changes to ban the traps.
average person doesn't know that these still exist, and if they saw some
of the animals that get stuck in these traps, they can go days without anyone
checking them, and it really is the most cruel, horrific death," said
is currently up for adoption.
more information about leg hold traps, or how to adopt Roxy, click on the
web links to the right of the story.