January 29, 2011 in City

SCRAPS seizes 123 animals from Idaho Road home

Officers find 76 dead animals on the property
By The Spokesman-Review
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The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service today executed a search warrant near the state line and seized 123 animals.

Among the animals taken from the home at 6204 N. Idaho Road were 27 goats, 14 cats, nine guinea pigs, six rabbits, and dozens of ducks and chickens, said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS director. One sheep was euthanized at the scene with the owner’s permission, and there were 76 dead animals on the property.

Several of the animals may be so sick they cannot be saved, Hill said.

“That’s a serious concern,” she said. “The cats are particularly ill.”

She said the agency has raided this property before, in 2004. Then, Carol McMullen was convicted on several misdemeanor charges, including animal cruelty. Her son, James, was also convicted, for keeping animals in an unsafe manner. Officers seized more than 60 dogs, cats, rabbits and turtles from the property, and found more than 60 rabbits living in small cages without proper food or water.

Both McMullens received two years probation. Carol McMullen was at the residence today along with two other adults, Hill said.

SCRAPS acted today based on an anonymous complaint that the property contained dead animals and the others were living in poor conditions. SCRAPS still is investigating, Hill said, and will make a decision about filing charges this week.

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