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Loss of family dog turns rural Brainerd woman into advocate for trapping changes


Count Katie Tretter and her family of rural Brainerd among those calling for legislation to restrict the use of body-gripping traps.

Tretter contacted the Brainerd Dispatch Thursday to report that Birdie, her 4-year-old British Labrador, was killed Dec. 30 after being caught in a body-gripping trap on her neighbor’s property, about five miles east of Brainerd. Her family lives on Mud Lake.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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