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A yellow Labrador retriever waits patiently as, from left, Travis McKinney, Melissa Boyce, Cindy Taskila, Bob Holder and Alison Baccarella take turns putting a fabric muzzle on the dog while they practice their dog handling skills at SCRAPS on Thursday. The dog received a treat after each employee successfully attached the muzzle. Taskila, the shelter manager, was training new hires who will be working as shelter technicians and animal control officers when SCRAPS takes over the city of Spokane’s animal enforcement in January.

Jesse Tinsley