A DOG and its owner were hurt by an illegal spring trap in Murcia.

The animal had stumbled into the dangerous mechanism and its owner was injured while trying to free his pet.

Guardia Civil say the trap was set in the municipality of Ricote to catch either foxes or wild boar.

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ILLEGAL: Spring traps are indiscriminate

They are now investigating two people for crimes against flora, fauna and domestic animals and animal abuse.

The30 centimetre trap was hidden on a farm near a hunting reserve. The dog was accompanying its owner, who was harvesting almonds when the incident occurred.

The SEPRONA Nature Protection Service says such traps are indiscriminate and illegal, and are dangerous to humans as well as animals.

Police say laying these traps can be punished with jail terms of up to two years, as well as the withdrawal of hunting licences.

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