10-22-2017, 01:28 PM
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Boston metro-area, USA
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| | Uh-oh.
As Stormy said, i would suspect a trap - or possibly a wire snare, which - so far as i know - are not legal in the USA for fur-trapping or game-taking, but that doesn't mean no-one puts them out.
Leghold traps are spozed to have the trapper's tag on them & be checked at least once every 24-hrs; the longer an animal is left in the trap, the more likely they are to wring-off or gnaw-off a limb & escape, often to die slowly, or they are killed by a predator while they are trapped & helpless to escape.
Snares are used by biologists & wildlife researchers to collect data, tag, or radio-collar wildlife, but they are religious about checking snares frequently - they don't want any animal to escape B4 they get the data they need; age / wt / sex / DNA / blood sample / _____ .
Was Ur dog missing at any time? -- Does he roam at large, sometimes or often?
Is it remotely possible that someone set a snare or trap on Ur own property?
It's also possible that it was an accident - he caught his foot in a loop of [something], electric cable, bungie cord, fence wire, who-knows-what, PULLED BACK, & it closed on the paw.
His paw may have been injured by continuous pressure, a sudden traumatic impact, or a tourniquet-like loop that shut-off the circulation of blood.
Hopefully if there was a circulatory interruption, it was brief, & there is very little tissue-damage. // I'd get him in ASAP - tissue damage from circulatory halts can sometimes be LESSENED, if it's treated quickly.
Please let us know what the vet says? -- it may not look like much, but such internal injuries can be a lot worse than their external appearance.