UPDATE: Dalmatian Puppy Found In Gas Station Dumpster - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Dalmatian Puppy Found In Gas Station Dumpster; Reward Offered

SCRAPS PRESS RELEASE: SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday evening, March 30th, a good Samaritan heard a puppy barking and whimpering from a dumpster at a gas station in north Spokane. She retrieved the 6 week old Dalmatian puppy and brought it home and gave it a bath. The next day she brought the puppy into the Spokane Humane Society. The Spokane Humane Society notified SCRAPS (Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service) of the incident since it happened in unincorporated Spokane County. Because of its young age SCRAPS made arrangements through the Spokane Humane Society to have the puppy housed in a foster home while it is in a mandated 72 hour stray hold.

"We are taking this incident very seriously and are in the middle of our investigation," said SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill. "The puppy is doing well in its foster home and we are doing our job of investigating what really happened," she continued. "Abandoning an animal is a crime in Washington, anyone having any information regarding this incident should call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532." In addition, The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning this dog in Spokane, Washington.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Dalmatian puppy is warm and fed tonight, at a foster home in Spokane, after someone dumped the 6-week-old dog into a dumpster at a gas station on Francis and Freya this week.

The Spokane Humane Society told KHQ that a woman was at the gas station Thursday when she heard whining and barking. She then peaked into the dumpster and found a small, white and black-spotted dalmatian. She immediately picked the puppy up and brought her to the Humane Society which was just around the corner. It's so close, in fact, one can see the Humane Society from the gas station.

The Spokane County Regional Protection Service, or SCRAPS, is partnering with the Humane Society on this case since the dog was found on county land. Dumping animals is a crime in Washington state so SCRAPS Director, Nancy Hill, said their organization will work to prosecute whoever dumped the dalmatian. They are investigating now and looking for any witnesses.

While animal abandonment and dog dumping cases are common in Spokane, Hill said, cases where puppies are left or endangered are extremely rare. If SCRAPS sees one case in a year, that's surprising, Hill said.

The Humane Society fostered out the puppy to a local home but they must wait three days before anyone can adopt the animal, in case an owner comes to retrieve the dog.

If you have any information about the dog dumping, please contact SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.

If you are interested in adopting the animal, contact the Spokane Humane Society at (509) 467-5235

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