Stray dogs are getting caught in snare traps in Bastrop County. One almost died recently. It all started happening around the time the county offered a bounty for killing wild hogs.
This is Hope.
"She's lucky," said Renee Lutz, foster parent to dog Hope.
Her name could not be more fitting. She got stuck in a snare trap in Bastrop County for what her vet estimated was between two and four weeks.
She didn't give up. Malnourished and scared, Hope somehow freed herself and made her way onto to someone's porch.
"The skin was growing over the wire and it took surgery to get it out," said Lutz.
She was found on November 3rd. She is now almost fully healed.
"She's gonna have a cinched in waist for the rest of her life, but no internal damage," said Lutz.
According to Bastrop County Animal Services Director Erica Thompson, Hope is the third dog to get caught in a snare trap over the past few months.
"One was a dachshund who had one on the front leg and one on the back leg," Thompson said. "And she was pregnant. Someone caught her whimpering in some woods. So it wasn't exactly pin-pointed on someone's property."
Thompson has one theory as to why this is happening. On October first the county began paying a five dollar bounty for feral hogs. It's part of the state's program to reduce the population of the nuisance animals.
According to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services in Bastrop County 1,836 hog tails have been turned in since the fall. Participants site cause of death as hunted, taken with rifle and trapped, but not with any snares.
Snare traps aren't illegal. Agrilife Extension Services encourages those who use them to check them at least once a day.
"For me it comes down to being a responsible pet owner," Thompson said. "You know these dangers are out there. These snare traps are dangerous but also is traffic in the street and you see dogs get hit by cars."
Hope almost died.
"She runs, she plays, she's a good girl," said Lutz.
Thompson doesn't want to find another dog in her situation.
Hope will be eligible for adoption soon. To apply click on the link below. Bastrop Animal Rescue is funding her medical care. To help donate, also click on the link.