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."