From the story:
Doug Snyder won't forget the day he loaded a .22 rifle and shot his dog at point-blank range. He and his two teenage sons were walking along a forest road near their cabin east of Hinckley in late December when Polka Dot, their 9-year-old setter-Lab mix, suddenly howled in distress. Bolting headlong into the woods, Snyder found his dog 60 yards away with its head and neck caught in a deadly body-gripping trap. "She was standing there, bleeding from the snout," he said. Frantically, Snyder and his 16-year-old son struggled to free their pet before it suffocated. But two powerful springs held the trap's jaws tightly closed. "We fought like hell to get it off, and we couldn't," he said. "She was melting away."
Desperate to end Polka Dot's suffering, he sent his son to the cabin for his .22. "I sat and petted her," said Snyder, 48, of St. Anthony. Then he loaded the gun and shot his dog. "There was nothing else to do," he said. "It was devastating. She was a great dog. I loved to walk in the woods with her." Polka Dot is among at least six hunting dogs that have been killed in traps in Minnesota since last fall.