Cat Limps Home, Dragging Trap
A cat disappeared from her Gowansville home last week and returned home four days later dragging a steel trap.
The furbearer trap was likely meant to catch coyotes and foxes, but it was triggered and clamped onto the young cat, crushing her left front leg.
Owner Linda Pittman said she doesn't know where the trap came from or how long the cat, named Miss Kitty, had been injured.
The Pittmans took the cat to Landrum Veterinary Hospital, where the Columbus-based group Po' Kitties paid for the operation required to amputate Miss Kitty's leg.
The traps are legal in South Carolina, but this one may have been set illegally - the upstate trapping season doesn't begin until December 1.
The family says they're reporting the incident to authorities. Trapping out of season can lead to a suspended hunting license in South Carolina.
Early this year Polk County legalized furbearer trapping. Dana Mayer of Po' Kitties says she's worried the county will see a spike this year in the number of pets killed or injured in outdoor traps.