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Thousands of people across the country have called Tacoma Animal Control in the past few weeks, most of them with identical messages about an alleged animal killer in an East Tacoma neighborhood. There are so many calls — some 10,083, as of Wednesday, said Joe Satter-Hunt, Tacoma Animal Control supervisor — it’s interfering with Tacoma Animal Control’s work.
Pierce County Animal Control rescued 49 dogs from a suspected dog-fighting operation in Tacoma and arrested their alleged owner.
After Bonnie Rae’s dog Downey was killed and her daughter was bitten by a loose dog in north Spokane in September, she reached out to local officials about changing the 911 dispatch policy. Now Spokane police will go to all dangerous animal calls.
A trucker found Charlie, a 3-month-old puppy, sealed in a plastic bin near an Interstate 90 exit on Tuesday. The pup is now in the custody of SCRAPS as adoption inquiries pour into the animal shelter.
Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants
A quarantine was in effect against unmuzzled, free-running dogs in Spokane and nine other Eastern Washington counties – yet The Spokesman-Review reported that “unmuzzled dogs cavorted gleefully in the downtown district.” “One little brown spaniel was enjoying himself in a snow bath on Sprague Avenue,” reported the paper.
From our archive, 100 years ago City officials were preparing to round up all of the city’s illegals – illegal dogs, that is.
Don’t just give a dog a name. Give a dog a good name. Always.
Nancy Hill, the longtime director of Spokane County’s animal control program, said one of the most exciting and fulfilling days in her long career was when she helped rescue a bobcat from an I-90 overpass.
Day two of the search for a missing 3-foot alligator in Spokane Valley has come up empty.
An innovative Spokane program that has been putting feral felines to work as farm hands has recently become an international sensation. An 11-minute video about the felines on the farm – produced for a popular cat show on the Animal Planet cable channel – has gone viral on the Web, logging 6 million views since it first appeared about two weeks ago.
From our archives, 100 years ago The third annual Play Festival at Manito Park drew 1,200 kids in what was described as a combination of “basket picnic, play hour, formal games and athletic contests.”
From our archives, 100 years ago Joe Rudersdorf, Spokane’s dogcatcher and “humane society” officer, announced a plan to prevent the abuse of horses by wagon drivers going up the South Hill near Cannon Hill.
Spokane’s new urban farming ordinance that allows for the keeping of small farm animals is likely to cost the city extra money for animal control services. The director of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service has outlined a series of charges for the extra work of answering farm animal welfare calls and noise and odor complaints involving goats, sheep, small pigs or fowl.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) is offering a sale on its remaining animals as the organization prepares to move into a new building.
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 regional animal control service provider. SCRAPS handles unincorporated Spokane County, Cheney, Millwood, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. It takes over animal control for the city of Spokane on Jan. 1 and plans to open a new regional animal shelter in May.
Some residents of Latah say they’re living in fear after a dog attack this summer injured a City Council member and raised questions about animal control in small towns. Patricia Neumann was walking the two blocks home from the post office on Aug. 16 when she spotted a loose pit bull accompanied by a woman and a teenage boy. They were walking in front of her in the same direction. She stopped and waited to give them time to get home and lock up the dog, then continued on her way.
Some residents of Latah say they’re living in fear after a dog attack this summer injured a City Council member and raised questions about animal control in small towns. Patricia Neumann was walking the two blocks home from the post office Aug. 16 when she spotted a loose pit bull accompanied by a woman and a teenage boy. They were walking in front of her in the same direction. She stopped and waited to give them time to get home and lock up the dog, then continued on her way.
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 from the county and SCRAPS will answer employment questions at the site of the organization’s new $4 million regional center at 6815 E. Trent Ave. The county purchased the 30,000-square-foot former motorcycle dealership this year, and the group hopes to open the center early in 2014.