UPDATE: SCRAPS Investigating Possible Dog-Fighting Ring - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: SCRAPS Investigating Possible Dog-Fighting Ring - Private Citizen Increases Reward

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE FROM SCRAPS

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) continues to investigate a possible dog fighting ring that could be responsible for the death of two animals. 

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of $2,500 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible…and a private citizen has donated an additional $250 bringing the total reward to $2,750. 

In addition, SCRAPS is distributing an informational flyer on how to identify possible dog fighting in your neighborhood.  For more information, contact SCRAPS at 477-2532 or CLICK HERE

SCRAPS Press Release:

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. Early Tuesday morning, SCRAPS Animal Protection Officer Emylee Tolliver responded to a call at Trentwood Elementary in the City of Spokane Valley (14701 E. Wellesley). 

When Officer Tolliver arrived she found a "horrific scene" and a brown pit bull tied to a dumpster covered in blood.  "This was not just a case of a lost dog tied to a dumpster," Tolliver said, "This was intentional".  Officer Tolliver also observed that there appeared to be old injuries as well as new wounds, indicating this dog may have been involved in a series of dog fights. 

The dog was immediately taken to a veterinarian and examined.  The veterinarian determined that there were severe bite wounds to the throat and tongue of the dog, and they were probably caused by another dog.  Part of the animal's tongue was necrotic and it appeared to be partly dislocated.  The veterinarian also believed that the dog suffered a tear to the trachea and esophagus.  Since the animal was in tremendous pain with life-threatening injuries, the veterinarian recommended euthanasia.

Officer Tolliver showed the veterinarian photos of the crime scene.  After reviewing the pictures, the veterinarian believes that a second dog was involved and that dog probably bled out, dying at the location because of the congealed blood seen in the photo (see "Dumpster" photo).

SCRAPS is asking any persons with information to please call them immediately at (509) 477-2532.  The Humane Society of the United States supports SCRAPS in its investigation and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal cruelty.

Animal Cruelty 1st Degree (R.C.W. 16.52.2) and Animal Fighting (R.C.W. 16.52.117) are class C Felonies, punishable by five-years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Remembering Beau Weiher: Montana man dies in Glacier National Park

    Remembering Beau Weiher: Montana man dies in Glacier National Park

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:01:41 GMT
    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Montana man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service was notified at Saturday night that Beau Weiher, of Missoula, was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area.>>
    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Montana man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service was notified at Saturday night that Beau Weiher, of Missoula, was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area.>>
  • First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:44:21 GMT
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.>>
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.
    >>
  • WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:52:54 GMT
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>