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MSPCA seeking cat-trapper


Local hiker finds cat in illegal trap in woods



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Mr. Bates at the time Southbridge Animal Control Officer Kathy Shields found him in the trap. (click for larger version)
February 23, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — They call him Mr. Bates.

Some might recognize that name from a BBC/PBS series, but in this case, he's a cat, and the victim in an ongoing criminal investigation.

According to Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Rob Halpin, Mr. Bates was found last week with his leg crushed in a leghold trap along one of Southbridge's hiking trails.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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