Reward posted in cat-trapping
Not only is animal cruelty a crime, the coalition noted, but so is the setting of leghold traps in city limits. They said the perpetrator’s reckless action broke two of the cat’s bones in addition to causing potential vascular and nerve damage.
Dawn Witt, executive director of Homeward Bound Pets, said a dog or child could just have easily been ensnared. She said trapping poses a danger by no means limited to the local cat population.
The cat, Abby, belonged to a disabled woman residing in the vicinity of 8th and Ford streets.
Witt said Abby failed to respond when the woman called for her the evening of July 21. The next morning, Witt said, the woman found Abby lying on her doorstep, still in the grip of the trap.
“There’s no way she could have pulled the trap with her,” Witt said. “Someone had to bring her up on the porch.”
The woman managed to release Abby, then called police and Homeward Bound pets.
Witt said the shelter arranged for the cat to be seen by a vet, who diagnosed the broken bones and potential for other damage.
Unable to provide the necessary care, the woman offered to let her be adopted. Witt said a foster care provider has been arranged.
Anyone with information about illegal trapping in the area is asked to call McMinnville police at 503-434-6500.