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During Nancy Hill’s career as an animal control officer and regional director of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, she has reunited pets with their owners, rescued a dog on a cliff at Riverside State Park, investigated animal cruelty cases and established Spokane County’s regional animal protection program. After 32 years at the agency known as SCRAPS, Hill announced her retirement effective March 22.
It has been an amazing 32-year journey with an incredible organization. Filled with wonderful memories, many challenges and a few tears. I was hired in February of 1986 as an animal control officer for Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), a role that I cherished for almost ten years. When I started, I was given keys, a leash, some dog biscuits and a map. To say it was a learning experience is an understatement. But I loved being out in the field and having the opportunity to help a person or a pet every day. I reunited lost pets with their owners, investigated major animal cruelty cases, and handled countless nuisance animal calls.
SCRAPS Regional Director Nancy Hill discusses the right and wrong reasons to own a pet, retirement and how cuteness can trump common sense.
Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants
Investigators are trying to find a person responsible for killing kittens, including two cases where someone wrapped a USB computer cord around the necks of the cats. As the crimes continue to go unsolved since summer, the cases have earned social media attention, including posts on Facebook and Instagram by worldanimalnews.com. The post read: “Spokane, Washington officials are allowing an alleged cat killer to roam free without warning the community.”
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.
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 Rich Hadley in October when the topic came up. Mielke and fellow Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn were preparing the next day to endorse longtime county employee Gerry Gemmill as their next chief executive, after Mielke failed to gain Commissioner Al French’s support for the job in May.
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 week. After an investigation was launched, animal control officers determined that the woman had lied about finding the puppies because she wanted to make sure an animal control agency would take them. She has been identified as Mariah F. Eutsler, 20, of Post Falls.
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 week.
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 residential to corridor mixed use.
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.
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 location. “He’s a good-looking dog,” Copeland said, as the black-and-tan sheepdog lifted his paw in an effort to “shake.”
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.
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 hearing was scheduled after kennel owner Wilma Turner appealed SCRAPS director Nancy Hill’s decision not to renew her dog kennel license that expired in October. Hill testified Wednesday that she based her decision on two years of inspection failures, criminal charges and probation violations.
Ever wondered what the most popular pet name is? Locally, it’s Buddy for dogs and Missy for cats.
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 the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service beginning in 2014.
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 in 2014. City of Spokane leaders say they are in negotiations to join Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service and hope to present a deal to the City Council early next year. The Spokane Valley City Council is expected to accept a 20-year contract with SCRAPS perhaps before the end of the year.
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 allowed people to adopt dogs for $25 and cats for only $15. The results were remarkable: There was not a single cat in residence and many of the dog cages stood empty. “That’s never happened before,” said SCRAPS director Nancy Hill. “I’ve never seen no cats in the adoption room. We’re enjoying it. We’re living in the moment.”
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service needs help restocking its shelves.