Dog’s leg caught in trap in Grand Rapids neighborhood

Posted at 5:34 PM, Feb 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-04 18:51:30-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-A Pit Bull is in the Kent County Animal Shelter waiting to have his leg amputated after it was caught in a steel trap.

A family of four on Grand Rapids' southwest side fed the dog and contacted Animal Control when it showed up on their front porch Tuesday.

As sad as it is, the family said they're grateful a child didn't step on the trap and they want to know whether there are any other traps in the area.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the trap is a Conibear trap or a "Body Gripping" trap,  designed for catching smaller animals like raccoons, muskrats and mink.

Adam Bump of the DNR told us in order to determine whether a trap is legal in city limits, they'd have to determine exactly where the trap was set.  The dog could be available for adoption after a couple of weeks, but for now he needs to get healthy.