What would you do to save your pet's life?
A man in Minnesota man loved his dog so much that he spent 15 minutes giving the pet CPR after it fell victim to a hunter's trap. WCCO reports Loren Waalkens went the extra mile to save the life of his 6-year-old beagle, Frisbee.
"Through this whole process I'm thinking my dog is dead. She's dying and she’s going to die," Waalkens told the TV station.
On a rabbit-hunting trip last fall, the dog got caught in a fur trap. Waalkens used GPS to keep track of Frisbee and his other beagle, Molly, then suddenly the signal for Frisbee went silent. The sportsman quickly went off to find his missing canine.
"The first thing was, 'My God she's in a trap.' As I went up to her she looked dead," said Waalkens.
Frisbee's neck was almost completely crushed from the trap; she wasn't breathing or moving when Waalkens used all his strength to release his pet from the device. He then began CPR on his injured beagle. Thanks to chest compressions and a full-body rub, the dog came back to life after about 15 minutes, according to WCCO.
Waalkens is so upset by what happened he's supporting a Minnesota state bill that would require body grip traps to be at least five feet off the ground and placed in locations that would protect hunting dogs. Half the states have already passed similar laws to help protect the canines. At least 25 pets in Minnesota have been killed from the traps -- designed to catch wild animals like raccoons -- over the past two years.
"It makes me very mad," Waalkens said. "The fact that someone can set something like that in the woods that can kill your dog in two minutes or less is beyond me."
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