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Missouri trapper traps and kills family dogs

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Dog Owner Upset When Trapper Shoots Mastiffs

Trapper Shoots 2 Dogs Found In Trap

UPDATE: 7:48 pm CST February 7, 2005

CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- Two dogs were shot at close range in Cass County, and officials said the shooter did nothing wrong.

Dispatchers received a call Monday morning from a panicked woman who said her dogs were trapped, then shot and killed.

Marcela Egea found her two English Mastiffs dead by a creek near her house, located near Highway 71.

The dogs were stuck in traps set up by a man working to catch beavers and otters.

The Belton man said he found the family pets agitated and, in his opinion, acting aggressively. He shot the dogs several times each.

"It hurts, it really hurts because to know that somebody put traps out close to your home and gets away with it, and that something like that can happen," Egea told KMBC's Emily Aylward.

Sheriff's deputies told Egea they couldn't do anything because trapping is legal.

The trapper told KMBC he shot the dogs as a business decision, saying he doesn't have time to notify people every time a pet gets caught.

"If people are going to trap, that's their own life, their own way," Egea said. "But don't do it around an area where there's animals, people, houses and lives."

Trappers who are registered with the Missouri Department of Conservation are protected from animal cruelty laws if they follow the rules.

Egea said she believes the trapper might have broken two of those rules.

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