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Report of ‘animal serial killer’ prompts 10,000 calls, emails to Tacoma Animal Control

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.

SpokAnimal program for feral cats gets boost from viral video

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.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

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.”

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

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.

Urban farm ordinance will incur costs to city

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.

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 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.

Spokane County small towns struggle with stray dogs

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.

Spokane County small towns struggle with dogs

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.

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 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.