Fam­ily pet sets off il­le­gal trap

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

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.

Daisy. Picture: Jon Gell­weiler

Burekup res­i­dent Sue Mur­less is alarmed about find­ing a baited rab­bit trap on her prop­erty which nearly in­jured her dog

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