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Dog hurt in trap at Craig Park

Friday, December 16, 2011

On Saturday, Dec. 10, an area woman and her niece took their dog for a walk in Craig Park.

The dog hurt its leg when it allegedly fell into an animal foot trap near the trail.

Kristine Virostko was walking along the long-distance trail with her 10-year-old niece and dog, Cyanne.

"Around the first bend of the trail, if you look down to the left, there is a creek that bends closest to the path," Virostko said. "The creek is only about 40-feet from the path."

When the two reached the area near the creek, Virostko said she heard a "horrible sound" and took off running to find her dog, which was not on a leash.

"Her right front paw was smashed into the trap," she said. "I had to use both hands to release it and finally get her free."

Virostko brought the dog and the trap into the Brazil City Police Department. Officer Alisha Lord and Sergeant Todd Stemm were on duty at the time of the incident.

After walking the trail, the two did not find any more traps.

"After we checked the area, we believe what happened is the dog stepped off the path and strayed onto someone's property," Lord said. "There's a fence down, so you wouldn't even be able to tell if you were on that property."

However, Virostko said she and her husband have been walking that area for years.

"We've walked in those woods for years now," she said. "Now, we're scared to go back there. If anyone was walking their dog without a leash, the dog is going to get a drink of water at the creek or kids might go play in the creek. I just want people to know and for whoever did this to not do it again."

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Ms Virostko, as a pet owner myself it's sad to hear about your dog, and potentially what may have happened to your or another child, but isn't there a leash law in all city parks? Private property or not, allowing your pet to run free can do nothing but lead to problems. If someone from our Park services set the trap, then there is an entirely different issue to be addressed.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:05 PM

Why is this newsworthy for the paper? It did not happen on city property, and the fault lies in the person that did not have their pet on a leash.

I saw a dog hit by a car a few days ago, and that didn't make the headlines.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 7:44 AM

Why does a lot of the "news" make it into this paper....because theres nothing else to report. :)

-- Posted by jddriver on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 10:02 AM

You readers are obviously not old enough to have had the pleasure of reading The Brazil GAZETTE, a weekly paper (or was it bi-weekly?) that was published up until the mid 70s or so. It contained articles like "John Doe was leaving a local business and when he opened the door, it hit the head of Roy Resident who was walking down Main Street. Roy was slightly miffed, but the two went on to Bob's Bar and enjoyed a couple of cold ones." Now, THAT was reading!! I miss that paper.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:33 AM

Perhaps it was put in the paper so others wouldnt let their dogs off their leashes and this happen to another dog! It could happen to a child as well and last time I checked we dont put them on a leash! I believe there was mention of a fence being down and people couldnt really tell they were on someone elses property. Maybe they just wanted to warn people in the community!

-- Posted by dogslove on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 1:16 PM

I like how she says "whoever did this not to do it again." It is trapping season and as long as all game rules were followed you really cant do anything about it.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 1:23 PM

Good comment dagnabbit now thats the stuff i like reading about not all this bullcrap about new ordinaces and resolutions to take away more of our rights because one person is put out by it

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 3:20 PM

Yep, it is trapping season, which is the way many a teenager did and does earn their spending money for the year.

If the trap was on private property then the lady stole it and I would hope the police made an effort to return it to the owner along with an apology.

-- Posted by bowman on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 8:47 PM


I agree!

-- Posted by Tala on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:22 PM

newsworthy yes! There is a problem AT all Brazil Parks when it comes to DOGS. Put a leash on your animas and Clean up the Crap ! Let your dog crap in your own yard ,NOT in the PUBLIC parks!

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 10:44 AM

I am sorry the dog got hurt but, as the article mentioned the trap was on private property. The fence should probably be fixed so the "children" won't stray into an area where they shouldn't be...whether they are on a leash or not. Yes, there is a rule that ALL dogs should be on a leash. However, not the case for 2 leggeds.

I totally agree with "carebuttonbroke" that dog owners need to start picking up their dog's pooh when they pooh in the parks.

And "bowman", you have a very valid point!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 11:05 AM

I take it that the trap was a foot hold I think those where outlawed. Any way the persons name and address are to be on the trap. Also you don't set them on the path or run of game animals.

Putting them on trails or runs you get rabbit dogs and coon dogs as well.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 3:35 PM

The idea that the woman and her dog "stole" the trap is imbecilic. Instead of believing they were 'knowingly' on private property .. it is possible (like DOGSLOVE said) that they had no idea.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 10:47 AM

It's very possible that they didn't know they were on private property. Hence the suggestion of putting the property fence back up so folks will know where that line is at.

I hope I didn't give the idea that I too was implying that she "stole" the trap....no I didn't mean that and should have been more specific. I was just merely agreeing that if indeed it was on private property than the owner should get it back.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 11:12 AM

You are so right care button. You can't take the kids and walk at the park anymore, because people think its free reign for their dogs to iliminate. I saw it all the time, car pulls up, dogs let out (no leash) dogs do their business and it ends up on kids shoes. I bet the city could make some money ticketing for the leash law and for not picking up their dogs waste.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 6:40 AM

No, QUEEN .. my comment wasn't directed at you, but someone who mentioned this specificially. Looks like the comment was removed - or I just can't view it at work. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 12:10 PM

I wonder what I said wrong that got my comment removed. All I said was I thought there was a bridge or 2 back there on the old railroad grade. I posted it yesterday and it is gone today.

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Dec 22, 2011, at 3:33 PM

I am a pet owner and I believe that the woman should have had her dog on a leash so therefore it is partly her fault. However it is the private property owner's fault as well because the fence should be put back up around his or her property if it was indeed on his or her property especially while there is traps set in place. If it is was on the park's property then it is their fault also. As far as taking the trap with her call it what you want but I believe I would have done the same by taking it with me to show what had happened. This story is very news worthy by allowing us as readers to get the information needed to help prevent this from happening again. All I have to say is what if this was a child? We need to all take into consideration our actions while setting traps for animals and while allowing pets to run free in a park. Stop and think it is common sense. As far as what needs to be in the paper or not I do not work at the Brazil times and I am sure some of the people commenting on here do not either so let them use their own decisions on what to put in the paper or not.

-- Posted by brazilresident47834 on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 10:28 AM

The only way I can see this as newsworthy is if it was for the prosecution of the trespasser and theft of the trap.

It is trapping season, so beware that there are traps in places where wild creatures roam. As far as safety for children, I started trapping when I was old enough to bend the springs maybe 14. Many times one would shut on my hand because the trigger would slip. They hurt no more than a mouse trap. No I would not wish that on a young kid but my young kid would not be trespassing out of the park either. Hollywood has got everybody imagining big spiked jaws, if it was one of those traps not only would it of been illegal to have set out there, but it would of taken a couple people to release the jaws and not "two hands." It likely was a size 1 1/2 Double coil spring set for raccoon in that creek. The dog probably smelled the bait and went for it.

As far as the legalities of the traps as Smallguysmalltown started. Open jaw traps are allowed, anything over like size 4 1/2 I believe have to have off set jaws which mean they don't close all the way. Traps do not have to be tagged with any information unless they are placed on public land(yes public land like what is in Staunton can and is trapped)

-- Posted by chasingtailoutdoors on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 11:32 PM

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