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

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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.

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