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Lexington County Animal Control Officers working diligently to rescue trapped dog

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) According to Harrison Cayhill, spokesman for Lexington County, their animal control office began receiving calls over the weekend regarding a dog with its paw caught in a coyote trap. These calls reported the injured animal was in the Glenn Road area, near Gaston, and appeared as if it needed immediate medical attention.

Officers from animal control did immediately take action to try to render assistance to the injured animal. First, just after 10 p.m.Sunday, County of Lexington Animal Control officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Glenn Road because of the reports of the injured animal. When they arrived, the caller said she had lost sight of the dog before the officers' involved arrived.

The officers patrolled the area, as well as areas nearby on foot with permission of the complainant, but were not able to locate the injured dog. At that time, officers set a humane trap on the property and advised the complainant to immediately call Animal Control if the dog was trapped.

Animal Control officers followed up on the case by returning to the property the next day, where they found the humane trap tripped, or in the closed position, but no animal was in it. Once again, they patrolled the area, but efforts to locate the dog were unsuccessful.

Just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, an Animal Control officer returned to the property and found the humane trap was tripped again without the animal inside it. He again searched the area on foot but could not find the dog. The complainant told the officer that a private citizen came onto her property at some point before the officer’s arrival, but did leave when they were asked to.

Just before noon Wednesday, an Animal Control officer went back to once again check the trap that had been set, but again it was empty. At that point, the officer deployed two more humane traps on the property in hopes of increasing the odds that the injured animal might be caught so that it could receive the medical treatment that it so desperately needed.

On Thursday, officers once again returned to check the traps and patrolled the property and adjacent areas on foot without results. Then, at about 3:15 p.m., an animal control officer decided to check the property yet again, and during this trip that officer actually sighted the injured animal. The officer tried to entice the injured dog to come toward him for help, but the animal was scared and instead ran away. Other officers joined in and they are continuing foot patrols in hopes that they could rescue the dog and get it the necessary medical care it needed.

At this point, animal control officers are continuing in their efforts to humanely capture the dog. It is important to note that the traps set by the officers are clearly marked with a warning advising citizens to not tamper with them. Tampering with the traps could result in a citation being issued which could lead to fines. Anyone who tampers with the traps by tripping them isn't helping the injured dog; in his fact, they may be delaying the treatment of the injured animal and prolonging its suffering.

If you spot the dog, we ask that you call Lexington County Animal Control at (803) 785-8149 immediately so they can render aid to the animal as quickly as possible.

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