A hunter was charged with animal cruelty last week after authorities said they found a dog caught in a hunting trap near Troutman for what appeared to have been several days.
Iredell County Animal Services responded to the 100 block of Justin Drive, south of Troutman, on Dec. 14. In the woods in that area, the officers found a dog with its foot caught in a coyote trap, according to an investigation report.
The dog “appeared to be emaciated, dehydrated, very weak and in excruciating pain,” the report claimed. Officers estimated the male dog had been stuck in the trap “for several days.”
The trap severed the bones in three of the dog’s toes, which remained attached to the dog by a small piece of skin.
The dog is a large brown and black Akita-shepherd mix.
Animal control officials freed the dog from the trap and brought it to…
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