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Trapped cat finds temporary home after surgery

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A stray cat who was caught in a steel leg trap in Southport is now in a new foster home after a successful recovery from surgery.(Source: Katherine Hufham) A stray cat who was caught in a steel leg trap in Southport is now in a new foster home after a successful recovery from surgery.(Source: Katherine Hufham)
The cat is recovering after successful leg amputation surgery on Monday. (Source: Facebook/Francesca Scott Slaughter) The cat is recovering after successful leg amputation surgery on Monday. (Source: Facebook/Francesca Scott Slaughter)
SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) -

A stray cat who was caught in a steel leg trap in Southport is now in a new foster home after a successful recovery from surgery.

After seeing our report on WECT, Daniel Dixon a "wildlife damage control agent" who is licensed by the NC Wildlife Commission came forward and admitted to setting the trap.

Dixon told authorities he set the trap in the 500 block of W. West Street -- hoping to trap a fox that was reportedly killing cats and destroying property.

According to Charles Drew, Animal Control Officer for the City of Southport, no laws or ordinances were violated because Dixon is a licensed wildlife removal expert and is therefore authorized to trap wildlife.

Drew said that Dixon was very emotional and remorseful about the mistake.

According to Officer Brandon Dean with the NC Wildlife Commission, no charges will be filed against Dixon.

A local non-profit group is now accepting adoption applications for the cat.

For more information on how to adopt "Lucky", click here.

Last week, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to ban the use of steel-jaw leg-hold traps in the City of Southport.

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