Missouri trapper traps and kills family dogs
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
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
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
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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