Animal cruelty charge recommended for emaciated pit bull owner

Animal cruelty charge recommended for emaciated pit bull owner

Animal cruelty charge recommended for emaciated pit bull owner

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The former owner of an emaciated dog found in North Spokane could face charges. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) recommended that charges be filed.

On Tuesday, SCRAPS employees said they completed an investigation into an emaciated pit bull who was later euthanized. A SCRAPS protection officer found the emaciated brown and white pit-bull, around 4-years-old, near Boone and Oak. The dog weighed 31 pounds, which is approximately 56% less than what he should have weighed, according to SCRAPS. The dog was euthanized.


SCRAPS Field Operations Manager Nicole Montano interviewed the dog owner and several witnesses.

Montano also spoke with local veterinarians and reviewed veterinary records.  The investigation revealed that the dog suffered hypothermia, emaciation and starvation.

READ: SCRAPS: Owner of emaciated pit bull found

The owner of the brown and white pit bull is listed in the SCRAPS report and in the charging request.  

READ: Emaciated pit-bull found near Boone and Oak

The case has been turned over to the Spokane County Prosecutors office for review and potential charging for violations pertaining to Animal Cruelty in the 1st degree , a class C felony.

Maximum sentence for a class C felony is 5 years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine.

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