UPDATE: Evergreen Pet Closes, Residents Worried About Animals Left Behind
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sunday morning at 9:28am, KHQ received an email from a person claiming to be the owner of Evergreen Pet. No name was included, but the email address indicates that it was indeed sent from the business. It included a statement regarding the current situation at Evergreen Pet. The entire email is below:
I am the owner of evergreen pet. This is in response to what has been said in concerns of the pet store and the actual events. We regret that persons feel that we have not taken care of the business we worked so hard at. Last year the store had a fire in the fish area, the contractor sublet work out that caused that area to be closed for about six months. Along with the road construction this last summer, ( 3 months) this put us in a situation that was not probable.
In early August the store was forced to close. However during the time it was closed we have had personnel in on a daily basis to maintain the daily duties of the store, with the intent of reopening. We then realized that reopening would not be possible. Over this time period we were working with the property owner to help find a way to sell the assets to offset mounting costs. The landlord had advised us that he was trying to work with other local pet stores to help find homes for all the animals. At the end of last week the landlord changed the locks and we were no longer able to reenter the premise to take care of the animals. Up until this time the animals were maintained on a daily basis. We regret the situation that has happened, and are happy that animal are being placed into homes.
KHQ will be following up on this story in the coming days and as soon as we get any addition information we will be sure to update you.
SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has received a lot of calls and messages on Facebook about Evergreen Pet in Spokane Valley closing and leaving everything, including the animals, behind.
We talked to a representative from SCRAPS on Saturday who said Evergreen Pet has closed and when the owners closed up shop, they left everything, including the animals, behind for the landlord.
Since then, SCRAPS says some good Samaritans have been taking some of the animals off the landlord's hands and giving them new homes.
SCRAPS is investigating the situation. There is no official word on the condition of the animals left behind, or whether any died as a result.
Details are still unclear, but as you can imagine there is a whole lot more to this story and we will be digging deeper into finding out exactly what happened. We will bring you any new developments as soon as we get them.
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