It had to have been an excruciatingly painful experience for a stray little kitten in Covina, California on Thanksgiving morning when her paw was caught in a steel trap. Sadly the innocent little one was euthanized because of the extent of her injuries.
The heartbreaking situation began when a concerned neighbor called authorities after hearing the agonizing cries of a kitten in pain in the 5000 block of Conlon Street. When authorities arrived, the neighbor reported she had been hearing the tiny meows for days and felt compelled to call police for a welfare check for the ailing little one. She directed authorities to a home nearby. When authorities knocked on the door, no one was home. Still hearing the kitten’s cries, deputies climbed over the fence.
That’s when they found the kitten in extreme distress- one of its paws had been caught in an old rusted animal trap. The men used screwdrivers to lift the metal clamps enough to free the little one’s paw; deputies comforted her until officers from Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control arrived at the home to take the kitten for emergency treatment.
“The kitten was evaluated by our medical staff,” stated Don Barre, spokeswoman for the County of LA Department of Animal Care and Control. “The prognosis was bad. We don’t want any animals to continue suffering.”
Not only was the kitten’s leg fractured, but she was in severe pain, was emaciated and refused to eat or drink. It is not known if the kitten had an owner.
It appears the trap was set in the homeowner’s backyard to protect a koi fish pond. At this time it is unknown if the traps are legal. The case is under investigation.
Rest in peace tiny kitten. You had your whole life to live. We are sorry humans let you down.
(Photo of kitten with paw stuck in steel trap courtesy of LA County Sheriff’s Department)
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