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Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine

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A tribal warden from Indian Township has been charged with killing his neighbor's pets with a jaw trap. Clayton Sockabasin, 31, faces multiple charges, including animal cruelty, for allegedly killing seven cats and one dog in December. Police said he baited the trap with fish to lure the pets to his garage. The trap features strong jaws that break its victim's neck. He also was charged with one count of trapping near a dwelling, violating killer-type trap restrictions and killing domesticated or tame wild animals. The cruelty to animals is a criminal offense. The other charges are violations of the tribal hunting ordinance. He faces a maximum 364-day jail sentence and a fine if convicted.

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