During the month of December, Kennett Humane Officer Tena Petix was called to an address regarding a trap which is used for trapping wildlife. The residence she was called to was on Ninth Street and upon arrival, she was met by a man carrying the trap. Petix was informed that the man and the mail carrier on the route had found an adult cat caught in the trap. Working together, the two were able to free the cat. According to Petix, the cat was taken to the veterinarian for medical treatment and he will recover from its' injuries. She credits both men for saving the cat's life, noting that all mail carriers in Kennett are always alert to situations such as this.
Commenting on the incident, Petix said, "This trap was located where a child or an adult could have easily stepped on it or a family pet." She further noted that the trap is spring loaded and can cause a severe injury to whatever set the trap off. Petix also added that this type of trap found is also illegal to use within the city limits of Kennett and if someone or an animal was caught in the trap, charges could be filed. She noted that she had contacted Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff.
When contacted for comments, Sokoloff noted that he could not comment on the case until he has read the report that the Humane Department will have to submit to his office.
What penalties could be imposed are also unclear at this time until the report is read.
"If there is a problem with an animal, please call the Kennett Police Department and let the Humane Department handle it. Our job is to pick up stray animals safely and rehome them," Petix said.
For information on whom the trap may belong to, people are asked to contact the Humane Office at (573) 888-4622.