USDA Worker Got OK to Use Coyote Trap on Neighbor’s Dog-WTF!?!
What’s this ??? The USDA gave permission for their employee to set traps against a neighbor’s dog-huh?!? Even if that were true-Does that make him (and the USDA) innocent of animal cruelty charges?!? As a matter of fact, it demonstrates that the USDA, an agency dedicated to ‘Animal Welfare’, just as guilty as the X-employee that set those traps!!!
Defense: USDA worker got OK to use coyote trap on El Mirage dog
Attorneys defending the former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee accused of trapping his neighbor’s dog in El Mirage told a jury in federal court on Monday that the act was justified because the man had permission from federal agents to trap the neighborhood pest.
Russell Files is accused of intentionally inflicting unnecessary serious physical harm to an animal in December 2012. Prosecutors claim Files set two steel coyote traps in his front yard to catch his neighbor’s dog, who had been jumping over the fence and into his yard, repeatedly.
Zoey, an Australian cattle dog, was trapped and tried to fight her way out, according to court documents, resulting in the loss of 17 teeth.
Files’ attorney, Milagros Cisneros, said in opening statements that Files was not responsible for the injuries Zoey sustained and that Files trapped her lawfully.
“This case is not whether or not he intended to put traps on the ground,” Cisneros said. “This case is about whether or not serious physical injury was caused by the defendant.”
Cisneros said there was an abrasion on the dog’s paw, with no broken bones and no stitches necessary. She also said Files was concerned for his son and young daughters’ safety as the dog had previously showed signs of aggression such as biting and growling.
The prosecuting attorney, Gregory Cecilia, argued in opening statements that Files had never liked the dog and repeatedly stated that she should be “killed or put down.”
“Zoey is a social and playful dog who would explore and occasionally pop over the fence,” Cecilia said. “The defendant never complained to the family or to animal control prior to setting the traps.”
“He was cowardly,” said Cecilia pointing at Files.
Cecilia argued that Zoey’s flight or fight response kicked in while she was trapped, and Files would have had enough knowledge about animals to know this may happen and cause further injury to the dog.
“The defendant got exactly what he wanted,” Cecilia said.
Files’ family was friendly with their neighbors who own Zoey until a falling out in late 2011. Since then, the two families had not spoken, though attorneys for both sides said it was not related to the case.
On December 15, 2012, Files allegedly set the traps with lure paste to coax the dog into the trap. On December 18, 2012 Zoey was found bleeding in the trap by a neighbor, who called the El Mirage Police Department, according to court records.
Files’ supervisor at the USDA wrote and submitted a letter stating he believed Files acted within the confines of the law, according to court documents.
He worked for the USDA and just as guilty as anyone else would be considering that there is no history of this dog ever being dangerous…There is also history between the two neighbors-You bet he’s guilty-Neighbors can be vicious and go after their neighbor’s pets for revenge all the time-this case is no different then a neighbor falsely accusing a neighbor of cruelty-Difference being that this neighbor intentionally set a trap for the dog with intentions of doing harm to the dog. I hope the jury sees thru this rue to protect Files-I just can’t help but wonder why the USDA would go to such extremes for an X-employee.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B