The grown grandson of a Spokane Valley woman whose roaming dog was taken to the county animal shelter by a neighbor now faces malicious mischief charges for allegedly breaking it out.
The county prosecuting attorney’s office plans to seek a summons for a charge of misdemeanor malicious mischief against Stan Williams, 30 of Veradale, for the springing the pooch from the shelter, said David Reagan, Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
A detective investigating the case determined there was enough evidence to charge Williams with breaking his grandmother’s boxer/ pit bull mix, known as Yoda, out of a temporary holding pen late on June 25 or early June 26, Reagan said.
County animal control officials said a woman and her daughter noticed the dog chasing horses, and brought it to the shelter on June 25. The woman left the dog and a note in a night holding cage open to the public, said Nancy Sattin, county animal control director.
Animal control officers found the note the next morning, but no dog. Wires on the cage also had been cut, Sattin said.
Williams, who has not been arrested, could not be reached for comment.
Sattin said the animal theft was the third this year from the shelter. A woman faces malicious mischief charges in one case, Sattin said. The other incident has gone unsolved.
In the latest incident, Sattin said, Williams has agreed to pay for the damages to the cage, which has already been repaired. The damage was minor, she said.
Williams’ grandmother, Hazel Sippel, who owns the dog, has been cited for two counts of allowing the dog to run at large and one count of allowing the dog to threaten a person, said animal control Officer Jennifer Kline. Fines for the violations total $266.
The dog was returned to Sippel, Kline said.
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