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Kitty Sitting Adventures: Our First Roadblock

Kitty Sitting Adventures: Our First Roadblock

My family's adventure in kitty-sitting took a turn, just a week into fostering kittens for SpokAnimal.  We have a little of 5 kitties. They were teeny, tiny when we got them, weighing less than a pound a piece. Our job is to fatten them up and love on them; socialize them so they are ready for their new homes.

But, with kitties found and brought in, there's no way to know what they've been exposed to. When we got them they seemed healthy.. but, about a week in, we noticed one, the runt started getting sick. She had nasty diarrhea, wouldn't eat and was lethargic. We called SpokAnimal who had us bring her in right away.

It turns out, she had a parasite called coccidia (among the most common infections in cats and dogs).  She was very sick.  A tech at SpokAnimal, Trina, has been nursing her back to health. Trina's had to give her special feedings every 2 hours and medicines. It's been a week and she's ready to come back home with us and her kitty siblings.

Trina was wonderful, sending us picture and text updates.

Adventures In Kitty Sitting

Adventures In Kitty Sitting

One of the highlights of my oldest daughter's 8th grade year has been her Social Studies class.  A year-long assignment (given by Mr. Smith at Horizon Middle School) has given her a new view and confidence, as she took what she loves and turned it into a community-helping venture. 

Mr. Smith's assignment was "Service Learning".  Each student has been required to give 8 volunteer hours to a local charity/non-profit, a tri-mester. McKensie loves animals!  I suggested she volunteer at a local animal shelter, so she could use that love of caring for animals to help the community. 

Since I'm friends with Gail Mackie, Executive Director of SpokAnimal, we went there first.  She's been learning what happens at a shelter, the need that is out there and the importance of helping socialize the animals.

During her/our  volunteer time (I had to volunteer alongside her, as she is under 16 years old) we learned about "fostering".  There are many animals that are too young, underweight or not well enough to be adopted out right away.

Two dogs saved from Bowdish duplex fire

Two dogs saved from Bowdish duplex fire

A structure fire broke out at a Spokane Valley duplex Tuesday afternoon. It was spotted by watchful neighbors across the street. A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy happened to be nearby and was the first to respond. Deputy Walker went inside the duplex to shout an evacuation order, but both units were unoccupied at the time.

Fire crews arrived around 2:47 p.m. to attack the fire from the back of the duplex. Meanwhile two dogs were rescued from the units. More crews arrived and the fire was extinguished quickly and contained to just one duplex unit and the attic.

Spokane Valley Fire says the incident is still under investigation, but it appears the fire started on the rear deck. Damage is estimated at $60,000.

This isn’t the first fire to start this spring on decks, so the department hopes homeowners are careful about extinguishing smoking materials and do not leave hot barbecues unattended.

County Commissioner Pitches New Animal Facility Proposal

A new proposal is being shopped around to local elected officials. The proposal could build a new regional animal facility that voters turned down last November. After going back to the drawing board, Spokane County Commission Todd Mielke, says the proposal is cheaper by a few million.

The original concept was estimated to be about $15 million. When the proposal made the ballot last year, it was reduced to $9.3 million to convert an already existing building into what they’d need. That was voted down.

The new plan has been reduced to $4.5 million and would take over an existing building. Mielke says they have three choices, one at the vacant Harley Davidson building on East Trent, another in a now vacant mattress building north of Sprague and Fancher. Another on the east end of the Fairgrounds on Broadway that went on the market last week.

If approved by all the jurisdictions, this proposal doesn’t need voter approval because it’s below $6.5 million.

Firefighters Rescue Dogs In Morning Fire

Firefighters Rescue Dogs In Morning Fire

KXLY reporter, Erik Loney, headed to a Spokane Valley fire this morning near the intersection of 6th and Girard. Everyone made it out safely including two dogs.

Loney snapped this photo of a firefighter carrying one of the dogs safely out of the fire.

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Siblings face charges of animal cruelty toward pit bull

Siblings face charges of animal cruelty toward pit bull

A summons charging request was filed to the Major Crimes Prosecutor’s Office from SCRAPS against an owner of a pit bull who was recently euthanized because of complications from starvation.

Randy Jensen and his sister Talina Jensen face charges for 1st degree animal cruelty. Randy Jensen’s dog, Jackson, was rushed to SCRAPS on September 26th for veterinary care when they started their investigation. It was believed his intestines had burst. At the time of euthanizing, he was septic.

SCRAPS euthanize pit bull due to starvation

SCRAPS euthanize pit bull due to starvation

Jackson, a four-year-old pit bull, had less than a 5% chance of survival when the decision was made to put him down yesterday.

A complaint led SCRAPS animal protection officers to a scene where they found Jackson with visual evidence of starvation. He was rushed to a veterinary office for emergency medical care.

A witness said Jackson had been to a vet about two weeks prior. Records at SCRAPS said during that checkup, he weighed 51 pounds. Yesterday he weighed 38 pounds.

SCRAPS reported: "The veterinarian treating Jackson made the determination that due to the extreme nature of his health and other complicating factors it was necessary to humanely euthanize him to end his suffering."