Family pet sets off illegal trap
BUREKUP residents Sue and Chris Murless were shocked to discover a baited steel rabbit trap on their property last week which nearly injured their dog Daisy.
Mrs Murless was walking Daisy at about 6am last Thursday, near the Collie River at the bottom of their property, when the dog jumped after setting off the steel-jawed trap.
Mrs Murless said the trap had been baited with a cooked sausage which Daisy sniffed, setting the trap off but was thankfully not injured.
Mrs Murless said she was lucky not to have been caught in it herself, as the tree the trap was placed next to was where she often went to stretch in the mornings.
“It shocked me with what happened to her but then I thought gosh it could have happened to me,” she said.
Mrs Murless said she was able to identify the trap as an old style of rabbit trap which today was illegal to use.
“They used to be everywhere, any farm you went to had them hanging in the shed,” she said.
“It is an offence to use them because they’re very cruel.”
Mrs Murless said she posted the incident on social media in the hope of alerting others.
Burekup resident Sue Murless is alarmed about finding a baited rabbit trap on her property which nearly injured her dog