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SCRAPS takes over animal control services from Spokanimal

SCRAPS takes over animal control services from Spokanimal

Tuesday night marks both the beginning of a new year but also a new era for animal control services in the City of Spokane as animal control services have switched from Spokanimal to SCRAPS.

This transition will mean a new identity for Spokanimal and a new regional level of animal control service for our area. It will also mean a reduction in staff at Spokanimal, but it's also an exciting time and they are looking forward to huge success with their new model.

"As of midnight tonight we are transitioning out of animal control," Spokanimal executive director Gail Mackie said.

It's a bittersweet day for Mackie and her staff at Spokanimal. The city's animal control contract provided 60-percent of their annual funding.

"That's quite a hit of course. We lost all the people that were in that department, three are retained to work inside but we lost a large part of the staff," Mackie said.

The city's hope is to streamline animal control and ultimately creating one regional service provider

SCRAPS offering holiday adoption specials

SCRAPS offering holiday adoption specials

If you’re thinking of getting a family pet this holiday season, December is the month to do it. In an effort to place more animals in permanent homes SCRAPS is offering reduced adoption fees special deals throughout the month of December.


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Woman charged for leaving dog in hot car while shopping

Woman charged for leaving dog in hot car while shopping

From the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service:

Today, Candace Bundrock-Brando, age 56, was charged for violations of R.C.W. 16.52.080, confinement in an unsafe manner, for leaving her dog locked in her vehicle while she went shopping in the Spokane Valley.  

SCRAPS Field Operations Manager Nicole Montano responded to a call for help from customers regarding a dog left in a vehicle unattended. Upon arrival, Montano noticed that the driver side and passenger side windows were cracked about two inches. The outside air temperature at the time was 85 degrees. The temperature inside the vehicle ranged from 109 degrees to 117 degrees. The small white dog named Gracie was panting excessively, a sign of heat stress.

Montano was able to get the driver side door unlocked and remove the dog. She put the dog inside her air-conditioned vehicle and offered her water. The dog was taken to the SCRAPS animal shelter for safe keeping until the owner was located.

Confinement in an unsafe manner is criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.  

Valley Mission Pool will be open to dogs for Paws in the Pool

Valley Mission Pool will be open to dogs for Paws in the Pool

After watching the kids splash in the water all summer man's best friend will finally have their chance to take a dip in the pool. Valley Mission Pool is hosting their second annual Paws in the Pool event over two days next week.

 

On Sunday, August 25th, the pool is open for dogs 59 pounds and under from 1pm-2:15pm and for dogs over 60 pounds from 2:30pm-3:45pm. The dogs will take over the pool again on Monday, August 26th, with the smaller dogs going first from 4:45pm-6pm and the larger dogs following from 6:15pm-7:30pm.

 

Participation costs $5 a dog and due to limited space preregistration is highly recommended. Dogs must be six months or older and have verification of current vaccinations present before they will be allowed in the pool. Dogs must be on a leash when they are outside of the water and owners are not allowed in the pool.

 

Abandoned, adorable puppy reunited with mother

Abandoned, adorable puppy reunited with mother

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office sent out this update to yesterday's story about a deputy rescuing an abandoned puppy: 

Yesterday evening while on his day off, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Melville received information there was an ad posted earlier in the morning regarding 2 lost puppies.

 

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

Early Monday morning at 4:12 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Melville was in the last couple hours of his 12 hour shift when a call was broadcast over the radio of a male who appeared to be abandoning puppies in the roadway at Thierman and Appleway. 

 

Deputy Melville, who happened to be right down the road when the call came out, began checking the area.  He did not locate the suspect vehicle but he did locate one puppy.  With the puppy safely secured in his vehicle, he continued to check the area for any other puppies, or the suspect, but was unsuccessful.

 

The puppy, being very young (as well as very cute) immediately began to try and befriend Deputy Melville.  With his shift at an end and realizing any attempt to resist the charm of his newfound furry friend would be futile, Deputy Melville brought the puppy home to give it food and water.

 

At last report, it appears this adorable puppy may have charmed his way into a very good home and is doing well. 

 

SCRAPS holding Bark It Market fundraiser

SCRAPS holding Bark It Market fundraiser

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is holding a garage sale this weekend to support the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund.

 

The Animal Medical Fund provides treatment, rehabilitation, and re-homing to homeless and injured animals in the Spokane area. The Bark It Market is Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th from 10am-2pm at 6815 E. Trent.