July 30, 2010 in City, News

Dog breeder arrested for gun violation

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County authorities arrested a woman on a weapons violation today while searching a dog-breeding facility on North Hauser Lake Road, after SCRAPS officers responded to complaints about animal treatment.

The sheriff’s office arrested Wilma L. Turner, 61, for being a convicted felon in possession of two rifles and a pistol, said spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. Turner owns the licensed, commercial dog kennel.

Three veterinarians performing triage at the kennel will exam more than 100 dogs and a few horses throughout the day, according to SCRAPS director Nancy Hill.

So far one dog has been identified as needing veterinary care, Hill said.

SCRAPS officers have identified 90 adult dogs and between 20 and 40 puppies, mostly poodles or labradoodles, on the property, 26727 N. Hauser Lake Road.

The investigation was launched after SCRAPS received complaints about abuse and neglect of animals at the kennel, Hill said. SCRAPS officers inspected the kennel and determined further investigation was warranted, she said.

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