On Wednesday afternoon, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service,(SCRAPS) announced on their Facebook page that the owner of the starved brown and white pit bull discovered on Saturday at Boone and Oak Streets has been identified:
"SCRAPS would like to thank everyone who helped us locate the owner of the emaciated pit bull. An animal cruelty investigation has been opened and we will give you more information when we can."
It was a heartbreaking scene when an officer was called to the 1800 block of W. Boone on Saturday and found the severely emaciated, four-year-old dog who was so weak he couldn't even raise his head. As his dying body twitched out of control, the officer rushed him to a veterinary hospital where the dog's temperature was so low it didn't even register on the thermometer.
The dog weighed less than half of what he should have weighed. It was on the advice of veterinarians that the unnamed dog be humanely euthanized.
A plea from SCRAPS asked the public to help identify the owner of the dog. According to krem.com, Field Operations Manager Nicole Montano stated:
“The condition this dog was found in is completely unacceptable. This young dog appears to have died of starvation and neglect.”
A criminal investigation will continue, and it is hoped this tragic story of a starved dog will end with a criminal conviction of First degree felony, a Class C offense; and the guilty party will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Rest in peace beautiful young dog. We are so sorry you had to endure such pain and suffering.
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