Alison Sinclair with her dog Honey, who was caught in a gin
trap in Frasers Gully for almost 24 hours. Photo by Linda
Honey, a 12-year-old Labrador-collie cross, was lucky to
survive after being caught in a gin trap for almost 24 hours
and her Dunedin owner is warning others about the risk of
Alison Sinclair was walking Honey in Frasers Gully on
Wednesday afternoon when her dog - despite much calling -
failed to return to her after fossicking around in the bush.
It was not until about 4.30pm on Thursday that she found
Honey, who she called her ''best mate'', caught in a gin
Given her pet's age, she was lucky to survive with only
bruising and cuts to her paw, Ms Sinclair said.
''I was expecting to find a body.''
She was keen to warn other dog owners about the risks of
illegal traps and her message to those setting the traps was
to ''think about what you are doing ... and the damage it
The incident came after she and her friend Mike Teasdale had
removed traps from the area three weeks before. She had also
heard of another dog breaking its leg after it got caught in
a trap in the gully.
She had been amazed at the response from the community after
her dog was lost, with seven people helping look for her.
Dunedin City Council parks and reserves manager Lisa Wheeler
said the council had informed police after being made aware
of the traps.
Her team was also working with animal control to try to find
out who set the traps, which were probably set to catch
possums for their furs.
Because setting traps in public areas was illegal, those
setting them could be prosecuted. SPCA Otago inspector Julie
Richardson said the traps were ''inhumane'' and inflicted
''terrible injuries and pain''.
''It was just so lucky that the owner was able to locate
their dog and get it to the vet,'' she said.
SPCA was running an amnesty and people with both illegal and
legal traps could bring them in and have them destroyed.