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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."

Rescued dogs now up for adoption at SCRAPS

Rescued dogs now up for adoption at SCRAPS

The rescued dogs from a hoarding situation in Spokane Valley are now up for adoption. Last Thursday, fourteen small dogs were found living in a passenger van parked at the Spokane Valley Branch of the county library district.

SCRAPS estimated that the dogs would be up for adoption on Wednesday, but after hard work from volunteers to clean up the dogs, they were set up for adoption at Noon on Monday.

After an hour of open adoption, SCRAPS reported that five of the 14 dogs had been adopted.

Thirteen of the dogs were Pekingeses. One of them was a Brussels Griffon.

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Owners looking for missing cat last seen near Felts Field

Owners looking for missing cat last seen near Felts Field

Maybe you've seen this cat running around your neighborhood. Or perhaps you've just felt it gaze upon you, giving off that hair-raising sensation on the back of your neck. This flyer showed up on the KXLY fax machine this morning. He's a 7-year old fluffy cat known as Muggsy. Pictured above is his captivating mug. He was last seen near the 3100 block of North Center Road.

Missing Steer!

Missing Steer!

This distress letter came into the newsroom this morning. It was signed with a muddy hoof.