Sandwich Animal Control Investigating After Illegal Trap Catches Cat’s Paw

SANDWICH –Sandwich Animal Control and Environmental Police are investigating an illegal leg trap that caught a Sandwich cat last weekend.

The trap was found near Freedom Road off Snake Pond Road.

The owner brought the cat to the Animal Inn to try to remove the cat’s paw that was stuck in the trap.

Animal Control officers then contacted the Animal Rescue League Enforcement Bureau to interview the woman.

Once they recovered the trap, they took photos and tagged it and passed it on to the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

David DeConto, Assistant Director of Natural Resources in Sandwich, said that there will now be two different investigations.

“The Environmental Police will be interested in the trapping aspect because it’s illegal in Massachusetts to use lead traps, we will be investigating any possible animal abuse case,” said DeConto.

After investigating the area where the trap was found, officers determined that it did not look like there were any more traps.

The trap found would be used to catch a medium size animal like a raccoon.

DeConto said that the cat is doing okay after the ordeal.

“There was a fear at one time that it was going to have to have its paw amputated, but we believe that she’s out of the woods and she’ll be fine,” said DeConto.

Investigators are trying to determine where the trap came from as there were no identifying tags or markings on the device.

If anyone comes across any more traps, they’re asked to contact Sandwich Police or Sandwich Animal Control.


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