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Wed., March 19, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

Another Dog Caught In Trap

A day of outdoor dog training took a nasty turn last week for longtime Kootenai County resident Mike Denney. While on state endowment land in the Cougar Gulch area, Denney's 10-month-old chocolate Lab, a male dog named Lousche, caught a scent and ran up a hill. "I heard a bloodcurdling scream," Denney said. "Initially I thought it was coyotes, but when I reached him I saw he was trapped in a foot-hold trap." The Lab was bleeding from his paw and his mouth. Denney tried to separate the jaws of the trap, but was unable to. Trying to pull the cable the trap was attached to from the ground didn't work either. "I was a little angry to be quite honest," Denney said. "And afraid because I didn't know how to release the trap. It was heartwrenching"/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think twice now re: taking your dog out to run in rural public areas now?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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