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Dog nearly dies after getting head caught in conibear trap

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BUTLER COUNTY (KWWL) - Bindi is lucky to be alive.

Jenna Kyhl says her beloved dog was dehydrated and starving after her head was snapped in a conibear trap last week.

"She fought like hell to get home. I mean she fought," she said.

"Those traps are staked in the ground, and ... once it was around her neck, she had to use her neck to pull the stake out of the ground," said Kyhl.

Kyhl said Bindi went missing from her rural Parkersburg home last Monday. She said she spent days searching for her dog, but couldn't find her.

According to Kyhl, Bindi was found with a swollen face and a trap around her neck when she made her way back home last Friday.

"She basically had her neck cut off," she said.

Kyhl said the trap was tagged with identification of an 81-year old man who died more than two years ago, so she doesn't know who the trap belongs to or even where it was.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Iowa law requires trappers to tag all traps with their current name and address.

Code also requires trappers to check their traps every 24 hours.

An officer with the DNR said if people don't follow those guidelines, they face a $93 fine and points against their hunting license.

Kyhl urges parents and dog owners to take extra caution during trapping season in hopes others don't have to experience what her family has had to go through.

Kyhl said Bindi is expected to make a recovery, but medical expenses have added up quickly.

Friends have started an online fundraiser to help offset the costs here.

Kyhl said any leftover donations will be used to start a fund at the Waverly Veterinary Clinic to help others in emergency situations.
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