SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has turned over its investigation of Evergreen Pet Shop in Spokane Valley to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation recommends charges for the owners, operators and employees ranging from felony animal cruelty to a misdemeanor of confinement in an unsafe manner.
SCRAPS investigated complaints of dead animals in the store along Sprague Avenue, lack of proper food, water and sanitation and failure to provide medical attention.
The property owner, Joe Mayo, told KREM 2 News in November the owner of Evergreen Pet hadn’t paid rent since July after the Department of Revenue revoked their license.
The owner of Evergreen Pet sent KREM 2 News a response via email. The owner said that since the store was forced to close in early August they have had personnel in on a daily basis. The owner said in November the landlord changed the locks and the owner could no longer get in.
Mayo told KREM 2 News the owners owed him months in back rent, so they signed the contents of the business over to him. That's when Mayo changed the locks. When Mayo went inside he discovered the store in such disarray and found the animals in deplorable living conditions.
All of the animals inside the store were rescued. The property owner confirmed that there were roughly 200 animals inside the store; that included reptiles, mice, rats and some cats. About a dozen of the rats and mice died.