And yet another one...
Gunplummer, in the OP, and in any given post since, I've acknowledged that the dog should not have been able to get into the trap. I am not happy that my wife allowed the dog to run... that said, it is actually the norm in our area for people to let their dogs run. I am familiar with several of the neighbors' dogs due to that.
I don't worry about bad reactions from the neighbors. I worry about cars and trucks tearing down our country lane at 50mph; I worry about hunters shooting at anything that moves; I worry about packs of coyotes; I worry about rabid critters and venomous snakes. But as far as the people in our area, folks don't worry about dogs so much. There is actually a tradition of farm dogs being loose, to run off predators.
Still, I am more accustomed to suburbs, so I don't like letting mine loose. After this incident, my wife is on board with my take on things.
If you would like to start a thread about keeping dogs at home, go for it. I actually would agree with you, mostly.
But for this particular thread, it's off topic. Please read the following, carefully:
I DO NOT CARE IF YOU HAVE A BADGER, A PYTHON, A BOBCAT, A JABBERWOCK, OR A BANDERSNATCH IN YOUR TRAP - IF YOU LEAVE IT IN A TRAP FOR DAYS AT A TIME, YOU ARE A HORSE'S ASS.
You are also going to give trappers a bad name.
Edit: By the way, Gunplummer, if your only concern about leaving animals stuck in traps is that it's bad for fur, then you are already giving trappers a bad name.