Sheriff’s office aiding investigation into illegal steel traps, larger rewarded offered

A reward of $1,500 is being offered for information that will lead to the person responsible for setting illegal steel traps in Live Oak.It happened this weekend along Felt and Paget streets where a squirrel was found severely injured in two of the six-inch-long steel traps.These types of traps are banned in California because of the pain and suffering they can cause. “We heard the squirrel sort of flailing in our backyard. I ran out to check on it. It was a little traumatic to see a little creature suffering that way,” said Alysa Rowe who found the injured squirrel in her Live Oak backyard.One trap was on its front paw, the other on its rear leg. The injured squirrel was taken to Native Animal Rescue but there was little they could do.”We, unfortunately, decided to euthanize it. It would not have been a good quality of life to have to continue that way,” said Wildlife Technician for Native Animal Rescue, Amy Redfeather.Santa Cruz County Animal Services searched for additional traps but didn’t find any.And now, they’re seeking help from the Sheriff’s Office said, Santa Cruz County Field Services Manager, Todd Stosuy.”In addition, we’ve currently submitted the traps to the Sheriff’s Department for both fingerprint and DNA analysis,” said Stosuy. Originally, a $1,000 reward was offered by the shelter, but an anonymous donor has pledged an additional $500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the traps.Neighbors are thankful that none of their pets or children were injured.”We have cats, dogs small children. We have no idea where these traps were set and besides being illegal to trap wild animals they are super dangerous even for the person trying to set them,” said Rowe.If you have concerns about wild creatures, Animal Services recommends using other methods to address them.”If anyone has wildlife complaints they should contact wildlife emergency that could help mitigate the problem without causing harm to the animals,” said, Stosuy.If caught, the person involved could be fined between $300 and $1,000 and could wind up in the county jail for a year. And there could be additional charges for animal cruelty.

A reward of $1,500 is being offered for information that will lead to the person responsible for setting illegal steel traps in Live Oak.

It happened this weekend along Felt and Paget streets where a squirrel was found severely injured in two of the six-inch-long steel traps.

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These types of traps are banned in California because of the pain and suffering they can cause.

“We heard the squirrel sort of flailing in our backyard. I ran out to check on it. It was a little traumatic to see a little creature suffering that way,” said Alysa Rowe who found the injured squirrel in her Live Oak backyard.

One trap was on its front paw, the other on its rear leg. The injured squirrel was taken to Native Animal Rescue but there was little they could do.

“We, unfortunately, decided to euthanize it. It would not have been a good quality of life to have to continue that way,” said Wildlife Technician for Native Animal Rescue, Amy Redfeather.

Santa Cruz County Animal Services searched for additional traps but didn’t find any.

And now, they’re seeking help from the Sheriff’s Office said, Santa Cruz County Field Services Manager, Todd Stosuy.

“In addition, we’ve currently submitted the traps to the Sheriff’s Department for both fingerprint and DNA analysis,” said Stosuy.

Originally, a $1,000 reward was offered by the shelter, but an anonymous donor has pledged an additional $500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the traps.

Neighbors are thankful that none of their pets or children were injured.

“We have cats, dogs small children. We have no idea where these traps were set and besides being illegal to trap wild animals they are super dangerous even for the person trying to set them,” said Rowe.

If you have concerns about wild creatures, Animal Services recommends using other methods to address them.

“If anyone has wildlife complaints they should contact wildlife emergency that could help mitigate the problem without causing harm to the animals,” said, Stosuy.

If caught, the person involved could be fined between $300 and $1,000 and could wind up in the county jail for a year. And there could be additional charges for animal cruelty.

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