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UPDATE: 31 Cats Seized, Owner Charged

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: As a result of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service's (SCRAPS) investigation into a hoarding situation at a Spokane Valley residence, SCRAPS charged Julianna Bauer on Saturday, September 18th with three separate charges.

Ms. Bauer fully cooperated with SCRAPS and relinquished ownership of her animals. She was charged with confinement in an unsafe manner for jeopardizing the health and safety of the 31 cats.

She was also charged with two counts of animal cruelty in the second degree for keeping two cats in crates for an extended period of time without necessary sanitation, space and water. "Ms. Bauer was willing to do the right thing and relinquish her cats to SCRAPS but given the serious situation the charges were warranted," said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS Director.

SCRAPS ran a special last week on cat adoptions and adopted 45 cats during this time. However, during this same period of time SCRAPS received 118 cats and kittens.

"We are going to celebrate the national Adopt-A-:Less-Adoptable Pet week this week by running another special on cats, as our community seems to place a lower value on cats as pets," she continued. "It is not possible to adopt our way out of the huge cat overpopulation problem that we have in our community. The only answer is for people to spay and neuter their cats and to license and microchip their pets in order to get their pets back home."


Cats will be available for adoption at SCRAPS Tuesday thru Saturday, September 25th for only $25 for one cat and $40 for two cats. All cats and kittens are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed and receive a free veterinary examination.


SCRAPS and SpokAnimal both have a voucher program that provides a spay/neuter voucher with the purchase of a pet license.

Pet Savers in Spokane Valley has a low-cost spay/neuter program and they are also running a special. For only $35 you can get your cat spayed/neutered, licensed, microchipped and a rabies vaccination.

Pet Savers is located at 7525 E Trent Ave and can be reached at (509) 924-7826.
"We hope that our community will step up and start placing a higher value on cats as pets," said Jackie Bell, SCRAPS Development Coordinator.

 

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