Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter offers reward for information on illegal leg traps – KION546

LIVE OAK, Calif. (KION-TV) – The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said a $1,000 reward was being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of someone who set up illegal steel leg traps in Live Oak.

The animal shelter said the leg traps were found near Felt Street, Corcoran Street, Paget Avenue and 24th Avenue. On Sunday, a resident of one of the above neighborhoods said they found a squirrel with two steel-legged traps on its legs in their yard.

The squirrel had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries, the shelter said. Officers were contacted and they searched various backyards, but found no further evidence.

Witnesses said the squirrel was active enough to run and climb, so the traps could have been set anywhere.

“Setting these traps is illegal under several California laws, and we need your help finding out who did it,” the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said. “If the person or people setting the traps have more in their possession, other wild animals, cats or dogs could suffer.

Anyone with information should contact agent Todd Stosuy at [email protected]

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