On Feb. 24, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) in Spokane Valley, WA, seized 95 neglected horses, goats, llamas, sheep, dogs and cats from a private residence. The Petfinder.com Foundation awarded SCRAPS a $4,000 disaster-relief grant to help provide the animals with
the best-possible medical care, nutritious food and rescue transport.
“This was the biggest large-animal seizure in our history,” says SCRAPS development coordinator Jackie Bell told us at the time. “We don’t even have a place to house large animals.”
SCRAPS, which typically takes in about 450 animals a month, set up an emergency shelter
at the county fairgrounds to temporarily hold the seized animals who could not be housed at the shelter.
The animals were seized due to substandard living conditions: All were underfed or malnourished, some of them near death. “Most of the animals that were seized were victims of neglect and most scored a one [the lowest possible score] on a scale of one to nine for body conditions,” says Bell. “They were severely emaciated.”
After the jump: Find out what happened to the rescued animals.
The animals immediately received top-notch veterinary care. “All the animals
were provided mineral licks, dewormed and deloused,” says Bell. “Several of the animals
were so ill they remained at the veterinarian for several days, trying
to recover from lack of food and dehydration.”
SCRAPS staffers soon had even more animals on their hands as a result of the seizure: Three babies were born to the rescued animals, including twin goats Nicki and Jack (pictured). “They’re doing great,” says Bell. “Their mom, who is gaining weight rapidly, is now able to feed them with some bottle supplements.”
Sadly, one goat and one horse did not survive — but the good news is, 94 of the animals have already been adopted! (Two horses are still receiving veterinary care and will soon head to a rescue group that will continue their rehabilitation.)
The animals’ former owner may be charged with animal cruelty. “SCRAPS is currently compiling evidence and will be making our charging decisions within the next few days,” SCRAPS animal protection operations manager Nicole Montano tells us. SCRAPS is able to file a charging request with the local prosecutor’s office and make recommendations for the charges. First-degree animal cruelty, a felony, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $10,000 fine.
The Petfinder.com Foundation is proud
to have helped SCRAPS with caring for and rehoming these pets. Thank you
SCRAPS, for your hard work!
The Petfinder.com Foundation
is committed to helping organizations that improve the quality of life of neglected, underfed or abused pets by finding them loving, forever homes. To learn more about the Petfinder.com Foundation or to donate, please visit petfinderfoundation.com.
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