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Spokane police change dispatch policy for dangerous animals after dog attack

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 7:06 a.m.

Puppy abandoned in a sealed plastic box along I-90 draws thousands of Spokane adoption inquiries

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Amnesty program offered for SCRAPS pet licensing in May

Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants


100 years ago in Spokane: Quarantine ordered for dogs in Eastern Washington in response to feared rabies outbreak

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Dogcatcher prepares to round up unlicensed dogs

From our archive, 100 years ago City officials were preparing to round up all of the city’s illegals – illegal dogs, that is.


Call “Buddy” or “Bella,” and hundreds of Spokane County dogs might come running

Don’t just give a dog a name. Give a dog a good name. Always.


Nancy Hill: Rescuing a bobcat from a freeway overpass is all in a day’s work

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 …


Missing Spokane Valley alligator still unaccounted for

Day two of the search for a missing 3-foot alligator in Spokane Valley has come up empty.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Dogs, cats free at SCRAPS with purchase of license

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 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Animal control gets regional home, shelter

After nearly five years of public debate, Spokane city and county officials on Monday said they will open a new regional animal control facility within a year. And residents won’t …


Stevens County animal shelters put faith in law enforcement

COLVILLE – The scene about a mile from U.S. Highway 395 might look picturesque: a small herd of horses, standing peacefully in the gently falling snow, tucked into the evergreen …


Spokane opts for SCRAPS contract

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 …


Council appoves 20-year deal with SCRAPS

There were no surprises Tuesday as the Spokane Valley City Council voted to start a new, 20-year animal control contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. The council …


City extends animal control pact

The city of Liberty Lake will continue its animal control contract with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in 2013 after the City Council voted unanimously last week to include …


Animal control to embark regionally

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 …


New draft contract with SCRAPS being finalized

The Spokane Valley City Council indicated Tuesday it is ready to vote on a contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, bringing to an end a year of …


Liberty Lake reviewing animal control contract

The city of Liberty Lake is following in the footsteps of Spokane and Spokane Valley by reviewing its animal control contract to see if cheaper options are available. Liberty Lake …


Spokane Valley sticks with SCRAPS

The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service despite a curve ball thrown by Spokane city Councilman Steve Salvatori, …


Decision has regional reach

Two local agencies are in a fight to determine who will provide animal control services to the city of Spokane Valley, but the results could reach a lot further than …


Spokane Valley weighs animal-control proposals from SCRAPS, SpokAnimal

The Spokane Valley City Council took another run at a familiar topic Tuesday – animal control. Spokane County is trying to put together a new regional animal shelter under the …


Gains over five years have cut sharply the use of euthanasia

Spokane animal shelters are nearing a long-sought goal of not killing healthy cats or dogs, in large measure by increasing pet sterilizations in recent years. The “live release rate” in …


Animal control consolidation plan pursued

The progress in pet welfare comes at time when local officials are considering a new proposal for consolidation of animal control. Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke is pushing a plan …