Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. General Pets

Humane society offers $5k reward in Spokane, Wash. dog poisonings

See also

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Spokesman Review reported that the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information about two attempted dog poisonings earlier this month in Spokane, Wash.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering the reward for clues in two poisoning incidents near West Wellesley Ave. and North I St. According to a press release from Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), two dogs were seriously injured.

According to investigators, one of the dogs, named "Charlie," consumed ground beef laced with white granules. Blood tests revealed the presence of phosphorous and he was taken to emergency surgery. SCRAPS stated that Charlie survived the ordeal and the tainted meat is currently being tested at Washington State University.

The second dog, named "Ringo," lives across the street from Charlie and experienced an unexplained seizure on New Year's Day. Investigators believe that the dogs' illnesses may be connected.

According to SCRAPS, the perpetrator potentially faces felony animal cruelty charges.

In Washington state, animal cruelty in the first degree (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:

(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
(b) death.

SCRAPS has received no barking complaints at the addresses. Residents in this Spokane neighborhood are advised to watch for poisoning symptoms in their pets, including vomiting that may smell like garlic.

If you suspect that one of your animals has consumed poison, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Do you have tips on these potential poisoning cases? Please contact SCRAPS at (509) 477 2532.

After five years of working toward a regional solution to animal control, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is about to become the animal protection agency for the Spokane area. SCRAPS will be the only place to look for your lost animal, purchase a license or report a stray animal.

SCRAPS also provides:

  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Investigations into animal cruelty
  • Free behavior classes and literature

SCRAPS has a new facility set to open in May 2014. This new facility will provide pet owners one place to look for their lost animal, buy a license, or find a new pet.

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

"Like" the Seattle Pets Examiner column to help share it with others!

If you would like to continue to receive important information, features, and news related to pets in Seattle and beyond, please click the "Subscribe" icon located at the top of this column. It's free, convenient, and anonymous!

You can also find the Seattle Pets Examiner on Facebook!



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!