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  • Todd Mielke reflects on problems, solutions as he leaves commission post

    Todd Mielke was a bit confused the first time he was asked if he’d consider heading Greater Spokane Incorporated. Mielke said he was having lunch with the chamber’s former CEO …


  • Woman charged with filing false report about abandoned puppies

    A woman is facing a criminal charge of filing a false police report after claiming to find a box of eight abandoned puppies in Corbin Park near Post Falls last …


  • Woman allegedly lied about finding abandoned puppies at Corbin Park

    A woman is facing a criminal charge of filing a false police report after claiming to find a box of eight abandoned puppies in Corbin Park near Post Falls last …


  • SCRAPS proposes rezoning property to create dog run

    Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services wants to build a dog walking area behind its new location on Trent Avenue. To do that, the property must be rezoned from low-density …


  • Fairfield signs animal control contract with SCRAPS

    Fairfield has become the first small Spokane County town to approve a contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service as the organization launches a bid to become a …


  • As SCRAPS prepares to run city animal control, others pursue joint efforts

    Matthew Copeland spent Halloween morning getting to know Omar, a 7-month-old Australian Kelpie puppy who lapped at Copeland’s hands and sniffed around the spacious pen at a north Spokane PetSmart …


  • Expanding SCRAPS adds 25 jobs

    The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service will add 25 jobs to prepare for its transition to animal control provider for the city, which starts next year. Next week, recruiters …


  • Ruling on Iron Horse Kennel license renewel expected next week

    The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service presented its case Wednesday before Spokane County Hearing Examiner Mike Demspey arguing against license renewal for Iron Horse Kennel in Newman Lake. The …


  • Spokane’s pet cause

    Ever wondered what the most popular pet name is? Locally, it’s Buddy for dogs and Missy for cats.


  • Spokane opts for SCRAPS contract

    After 30 years, SpokAnimal will no longer serve as the city of Spokane’s animal control agency. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a 20-year contract to join …


  • Animal control to embark regionally

    Spokane Valley’s expected decision to keep partnering with Spokane County to perform its animal control work has made the creation of a single regional animal control agency almost certain starting …


  • Shelter needs room to run

    As 2012 dawned at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service shelter in Spokane Valley, about the only thing there was room for was animals. A two-week bargain basement sale …


  • SCRAPS almost out of cat food

    The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service needs help restocking its shelves.


  • Spokane County dog park wildly popular all year long

    Two-year-old Dakota had a great time at the park recently, especially when he found a mud hole and rolled around in it. Dakota, a springer spaniel, comes to the Patricia …


  • Face Time: SCRAPS director talks about her agency’s mission

    Nancy Hill has been the director of Spokane County’s animal control program since 1995, well before it adopted the name SCRAPS (Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service). She would like …


  • City-owned warehouse seen as ideal for regional animal shelter

    A regional task force believes it has found the perfect site for a new animal-control shelter if not a way to pay for it. Numerous questions remain unanswered, but Spokane …


  • SCRAPS seizes 123 animals from Idaho Road home

    Animal control officers on Saturday raided the home of a convicted animal hoarder and seized an estimated 123 animals. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service executed a search warrant …


  • SCRAPS seizes 123 animals from Idaho Road home

    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. …


  • After-hours drop-off ending at SCRAPS

    The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service will soon lose its after-hours animal receiving room, but it was a lucky break for five animals one day last week that the …


  • Seized dogs, pups up for adoption

    Sixty dogs from a Labradoodle breeding operation that was raided in July are now available for adoption. Thirty-nine of the dogs were seized July 30 at Wilma L. Turner’s Ironhorse …


  • Ledger reveals depth of dog tax violations

    Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service director Nancy Hill estimates that only 41 percent of dog owners and a skimpy 15 percent of cat ow ners license their pets. This …


  • County recalculates building permits

    Spokane County commissioners decided Tuesday evening to charge more for dog licenses and change the way building permit fees are calculated. No one objected. Almost no one was there.


  • 47 dogs rescued from kennel near Deer Park

    It may take Lightning, a Labradoodle with yellow fur matted by filth, weeks or even months to not shy away from people at the door of his kennel. Lightning is …


  • License fees for dogs may increase

    Dog license fees may be increased to prevent service cuts in the Spokane County animal-control program. County commissioners informally endorsed a plan to increase fees to match those in Spokane.


  • Hot cars put pets’ lives at risk

    Even with the windows cracked, the temperature of the leather seat inside the Mercedes-Benz parked in the Value Village parking lot on East Sprague on Saturday afternoon climbed to more …


  • ‘Dog days’ are no time for a car ride

    Even with the windows cracked, the temperature of the leather seat inside the Mercedes-Benz parked in the Value Village parking lot on East Sprague Saturday afternoon climbed to more than …


  • Patrols will watch for pets in hot cars

    With temperatures expected to heat up this weekend, Spokane Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) will be conducting an emphasis patrol looking for pets left in hot vehicles.


  • Cities, county will examine SCRAPS facility needs

    A proposed new regional animal-control shelter got a scratch behind the ears and a pat on the shoulders Friday. Elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Spokane County …


  • WSU vets: Meatballs that killed dogs contained strychnine

    Washington State University veterinarians say a meatball found on a Spokane woman’s property contained the poison strychnine. KREM says that woman’s dog died last week after eating another meatball.


  • Dog poisonings leave trail of questions and anguish

    Abby collapsed near the back steps, convulsing before her owner took her inside, where she died. Her companion, Snoopy, died shortly after, both victims of what animal control officials suspect …

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