Dogs-Catching in Traps-If a man sets traps on his own land for furbearers and catches a stray dog unintentionally, could the owner of the dog do anything with the trapper by law? If the dog is vicious and shows fight (which they usually do when trapped) who is supposed to take it out, the trapper or the owner?
Dogs should not be permitted to run at large; that is an imposition on every one, and such a dog getting into your traps on your land is a nuisance. If the owner of the dog tries to make trouble, he shows he has no sense of his duty to keep his dog at home, and under control. Wandering dogs are a menace, destroy game and fur, and spoil more good hunting than hunters. If you call a dog’s owner to get the dog out of the trap, that is just good nature on your part, and he should be thankful. A long pole, to hold the dog down, will let you take the dog out, if you have someone to help you. Don’t take any chances of being bit, however. Of course, in setting traps, you should take care not to catch dogs of legitimate hunters for coon, rabbits, etc., but the place for dogs not hunting with men is home, or at the owner’s heels.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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