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cats in traps fuels new animal cruelty debate

Sammy the Cat (photo courtesy Harbor Humane Society)
Sammy the Cat (photo courtesy Harbor Humane Society)
Sheri Kosel (Download MP3)

Undated (KELO-AM) Animal rights groups are shocked by reports of traps in the Black Hills being baited with live cats.

State game officials have heard from hikers that have stumbled upon traps baited with small cats.

Sheri Kosel with South Dakotans Against Animal Cruelty says she was shocked and then disgusted by the stories. Kosel says there may be a loophole on traps in South Dakota's first animal cruelty law passed by the legislature this year.

State Game officials  and trapping groups are now both calling for a ban on baiting traps with live animals in South Dakota. Kosel says closing the loophole or a separate outright ban would be alright with her.