Puppy Abandoned In Dumpster A Case Of False Reporting - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Puppy Abandoned In Dumpster A Case Of False Reporting

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ learned Monday that the story of a 6-week-old dalmatian puppy supposedly rescued from a dumpster last week in Spokane was made up. After a thorough investigation, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) said the person who claimed to have found the puppy in the dumpster at Francis and Freya falsely reported the story. Now, she could face criminal charges.

SCRAPS director Nancy Hill said a person came forward to the Spokane Humane Society last week claiming she heard a dog whimpering and barking at a gas station in northeast Spokane. She then told the animal organization that she rescued the dog. But after a follow up interview with the woman, SCRAPS animal control officers found out she had made up the whole story. Instead of a good samaritan saving an abandoned animal, Hill said the woman lied about where she found the dog because she had such a hard time finding a new home for the dalmatian.

The 6-week-old pup is in perfect health, which all the local animal rescue organizations are pleased about, but Hill said SCRAPS spent tons of resources finding out exactly what happened in this case.

"We are disappointed we wasted so many important resources and had to stop really important work to determine if there was animal cruelty here," Hill said.

The SCRAPS officer working on the dalmatian case will return to the office Tuesday when she'll consider forwarding the case to the Spokane County Prosecutor for false reporting charges.

For now, the puppy remains in foster care through the Spokane Humane Society and will stay there for about two more weeks or until they feel the puppy is old enough to be adopted out.

RESOURCES:

For more details, call SCRAPS at 477-2533 or the Spokane Humane Society at 509-467-5236.

 

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: SCRAPS has completed a thorough investigation into the incident where a puppy allegedly was abandoned in a dumpster and has determined that the story was false. SCRAPS is committed to investigating and prosecuting all animal cruelty cases however this case was a case of false reporting.

"SCRAPS takes animal cruelty very seriously, fortunately this was not a case of animal cruelty however it did waste the time and resources of SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers," said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS Director. "We are trying to determine if there are any criminal charges for this false reporting at this stage," she continued.

The puppy remains in foster care through the Spokane Humane Society.  When the puppy is age appropriate it will be made available for adoption through the Spokane Humane Society.

>>>Any questions regarding the adoption of this puppy should be directed to them.

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