When You Set a Live Trap, You Are Responsible for the Humane Treatment of That Animal Criminal charges can result from abuse of animals caught in live traps

Jun 20th, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

This raccoon was allowed to die inside this live trap at a home just outside of Beebe last week. Passers-by reported the situation and law enforcement authorities were called to validate the abuse.

This raccoon was allowed to die inside this live trap at a home just outside of Beebe last week. Passers-by reported the situation and law enforcement authorities were called to validate the abuse.

Twice in recent weeks, law enforcement authorities have been called to residences as a result of possible animal abuse involving live traps. One, the reported setting of live traps and then letting the animal die from no water and no food and the latest of a live trap being set and kept in the sun with no water and no food. It takes only a short while in 80-90-degree weather for an animal to die of exposure. In both instances, Beebe City Police and White County Sheriff’s deputies, respectively, were called to make reports on these charges.  Jaxie Heppner, the local Human Society representative, said that people will be prosecuted if they do not treat these animals humanely and according to a recent law, the police have to be called to the scene to make an official report.

If you set a live trap - check it every hour or so and make sure that your don’t leave the animal in the sun, and transfer it to another cage where it can have food and water. Live traps are the responsibility of the person who sets it and that person will be prosecuted if they do not tend to the trap accordingly.

If you see abuse such as this, call your local police.