What seemed like an ordinary day in the park with her dogs, turned out to be anything but ordinary for a South Jersey woman.
The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, spoke only to FOX 29's Claudia Gomez about the day her dog died in a hunter's snare.
The woman says she brought her two dogs to the Locke Avenue Park in Swedesboro, Gloucester County Wednesday morning. The woman says she was walking on a path when "Scooter," her Brittany Spaniel, disappeared.
A man walking the same path found Scooter under a bush. The dog appeared to have choked to death after being caught in a hunter's snare.
A hunter had placed the snare just off the path where FOX 29 found the remains of another animal that appeared to have died the same way.
The snare that killed Scooter had a tag on it, issued by the state indicating that the hunter has a license to trap.
Nonetheless, officers from the state's Division of Fish and Wildlife spent hours Thursday morning searching the brush for other snares.
Woolwich Township, where the park is located, has an ordinance against trapping. Because of this, there are no signs warning dog owners of potential traps.
But because the hunter is licensed and because they wouldn't have seen any signs warning against trapping, they are not expected to face any charges.
Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.
A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today. Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found overwhelming opposition to the way the arrest of Eric Garner was handled while the majority support the broken windows policy, which cracks down on low-level crimes to prevent bigger ones from occurring. Garner's death has brought the policy into the spotlight. The Staten Island man had been selling untaxed cigarettes when he was arrested. A police officer placed him in a chokehold and Garner died.