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Kennewick man who found coyote pup that was killed by trapper files lawsuit

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Kennewick man who found a coyote pup in his home that was later killed by a trapper is now taking legal action.

Jake McChesney called wildlife control specialist Don Caraway after finding the coyote in his kitchen last month. According to McChesney, Caraway told him the animal was going to be released to the wild, but McChesney claims the animal was instead killed by drowning. 

In the lawsuit filed Thursday, McChesney accused Caraway of animal cruelty, citing the American Veterinary Medical Association's Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals which state that drowning is not a means of euthanasia and is inhumane. The lawsuit also accuses Caraway of trespassing, because McChesney says would not have allowed Caraway on his property if he had known what the trapper was planning to do.

McChesney is calling for an unspecified amount of damages and for Caraway's license to be revoked by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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