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New York State Environmental Conservation Officers in Avon arrested two men and charged them with numerous trapping violations after investigating an incident where a dog was killed by an illegally set trap at the Seneca Army Depot.

ECOs arrested James W. Brown, 80, of Seneca Falls, and Clint K. Moosman, 53, of Seneca Falls, last week and charged them with multiple counts of setting body-gripping traps larger than 6 inches and failing to identify traps as required by law.

An 8-year-old yellow lab was killed on Jan. 7 while walking with its owner and encountering a trap set near the perimeter fence of the Seneca Army Depot in the town of Varick. ECOs issued a total of 12 tickets to Brown and Moosman. The maximum penalty for each ticket is a $250 fine and /or 15 days incarceration.

Since their traps had been set over a distance that spanned two different townships with different jurisdictions, the men are scheduled to appear in the Town of Varick Court on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. and the Town of Romulus Court on Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. to answer to the charges.