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A cat made friends with a Spokane Police officer's patrol car Thursday evening after a SWAT standoff ended peacefully.  (Nicole Hensley)

Photo: Police cat 

A bold cat made his presence known to a Spokane Police officer’s patrol car this evening after a SWAT standoff came to an end. He sniffed around the scene near Princeton Avenue and Monroe Street looking for news and ducked under the patrol car for...

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Charges filed in Hillyard animal cruelty

A Spokane woman who had 50 dogs and cats packed into a squalid bungalow in Hillyard has been charged with animal cruelty. Laneva Marsha Erskine, 57, faces nine misdemeanor charges stemming from a February raid at her home at 3622 E. Crown Ave. in which...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Public's help sought in cat cruelty probe

Spokane County animal protection offers are asking for the public's help as they investigate a horrendous case of animal cruelty. A cat had to be euthanized on Monday after SCRAPS officers found it shot in the head in a dumpster at the Viewpoint Villa Apartments,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Cat refuses to go for jog; man ticketed 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — Police in Lafayette, Colo., have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after the feline refused to go jogging. Sgt. Fred Palmer says 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to the path...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Man accused of killing wife's cat 

A Spokane man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his wife's cat. Nicholas A. Romanelli, 28, was arraigned in Spokane County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree animal cruelty. He's accused of smashing a cat against a wall repeatedly while drunk and angry he...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Cats outnumber inmates at Fla. prison

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say dozens of cats that sneaked into a South Florida prison will be found new homes before the facility closes next month. As many as 80 cats have burrowed under fences and taken up residence at the state-run prison...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Klepto cat piles up the loot in Swiss town

GENEVA (AP) — Forget mice. A Swiss cat named Speedy has an eye for finer things. Speedy has stolen so much loot that its owner had to post leaflets throughout a northern Swiss town saying "Help, our cat steals!" and inviting people to recover their...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Man accused of killing girlfriend's cat

A 21-year-old Spokane man is accused of killing his girlfriend's cat. Corey C. Fries was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend of 1 1/2 years told police he'd held the cat to the floor about two weeks ago and hit it in the head with a...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011

Cat-hoarding couple arrested again

A northwestern Montana couple involved in the largest animal hoarding case in Idaho history were charged with animal cruelty recently after authorities found more than 100 cats living in their two small feces-filled trailers last month. Edwin (pictured in 2006) and Cheryl Criswell face felony...

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Shooter in cat fight claims self defense

A Spokane man accused of trying to kill another man during a dispute over a cat’s mess said the shooting was in self defense. Alan D. Kintner, 55, told sheriff’s deputies he shot Steven W. MCormick in self defense, according to court documents. Kintner remains...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Man shot in dispute over cat messes

A north Spokane man is facing an attempted murder charge after an argument over feline cleanliness led to gunfire that sent a roommate to the hospital, authorities said. Alan D. Kintner, 55, is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video from the...

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4 misdemeanors for alleged cat hoarder

A Spokane Valley homeowner whose 31 cats were seized last week has been charged with four misdemeanors. Julianna O. Bauer (left, in 2009) "was basically overwhelmed" by the situation and wants to cooperate with animal protection officers, said Nancy Hill, director of the Spokane County...

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