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San Diego Humane Society offers reward for culprit who set inhumane snare trap

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The San Diego Humane Society has offered a $1,000 reward on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the animal abuse culprit who set an illegal and inhumane snare trap that nearly cut a coyote in half shortly reports CBS.com.

On Nov. 20, Bill Reilly and his wife Jill found a dying coyote in their backyard that had been caught in a snare trap. According to ABCChannel10News, the animal had jumped over their fence desperately trying to free herself of the egregious pain she was in as the snare tightened around her midsection. At first Reilly thought he had found a beautiful sleeping shepherd, and as he slowly bent over to investigate, the dying coyote licked the man's hand.

When authorities arrived and picked up the dying animal, the wire of the trap had tightened around the coyote's torso cutting into her vital organs and almost splitting the animal in half. Her legs were broken, yet she was still gentle to those who tried to rescue her. Sadly, the coyote had to be humanely euthanized.

Reilly said the coyote had been roaming the neighborhood for weeks.

California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Richard Burg stated the coyote died a slow, torturous death.

As tragic as the animal cruelty by the snare trap to the defenseless coyote, authorities are concerned what would have happened had a small child or someone's domestic pet been trapped by such a torturous device? More than 70% of the animals trapped by illegal snare traps are not the intended victims.

If found guilty of having set a snare trap, the culprit faces one year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

If you have any information, please call the Snare Trap Tip Line at 1-888-334-2258.

Rest in peace beautiful coyote.

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