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

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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.
(218) 855-5860
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