RODDICKTON-BIDE ARM, N.L. – A Roddickton-Bide Arm woman is concerned after finding a stray cat she was feeding caught in a trap.
And she believes it was set intentionally.
Tiffany Cull had been feeding Lucy (short for Lucifer), the cat, since he was a couple months old.
Cull rescues cats, but she says attempts to domesticate Lucy, who is still less than a year old, had failed. So, she built him a place to stay outside, underneath her patio.
Then late in April, she says Lucy was missing for two-to-three days.
On April 22, when he finally returned, he was dragging a leg-hold trap along on his front left paw.
They removed the trap, wrapped a blanket around him and placed him in a cage. Cull says he was still too wild to deal with.
They also traced his tracks and found a place about 100 metres from her house, within an abandoned school bus, where the trap was set.
Cull set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Lucy’s surgery and received donations by email.
She was also given $100 worth of Mary Kay products to sell tickets on and was given tickets to sell for pet groomings, raising $100 from that as well.
In all, she raised enough for Lucy’s entire $950 vet bill.
She told the Northern Pen she was grateful for all the support.
After about four days, they travelled to Corner Brook where the vet amputated the two middle toes on Lucy’s front left paw. Both toes were broken in the trap.
Now back home in Roddickton-Bide Arm, Cull has to keep him in a cage as he is not allowed to move for two weeks during his recovery.
She says he’s also becoming tamer and easier to handle.
It looks as though Lucy will make a full recovery in about a month.
And Cull now hopes to be able to keep him.
She believes the trap was set intentionally.
She points out that she hasn’t seen traps set there before.
“My boyfriend’s kids was playing up there all summer and I’ve been up around there before and it (a trap) was never there before,” she said, regarding the place where Lucy was trapped.
Cull feels that some people in town doesn’t like that she rescues cats and that might have been a motivating factor.
“People know I rescue cats in town and a lot of people don’t like it,” she said. “I think a lot of older people think it’s foolishness.”
She worries that it could have been worse, if somebody’s child or pet had been the one to set foot on it.
The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources confirmed to the Northern Pen that the trap was set illegally, outside of the open season for trapping.
It said enforcement officers have looked into the incident and indicates there is no evidence to suggest the leg-hold trap set with the intention to harm cats.