Stevens County Sheriff's Department raids puppy mills

A holding facility for dogs confiscated in illegal dog breeding operation in Stevens County
Staff Writer

Members of the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office served two search warrants simultaneously in southern Stevens County on Sept. 11 as part of an investigation into illegal dog breeding operations. One operation was located in the Ford area and the other in the Suncrest area.
During the service of the warrants, members of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) and local veterinarians were on scene to help contain, catalog, and examine the animals.
At the Ford location, investigators discovered approximately 89 dogs and puppies in various states of health conditions. One puppy was near death, and a carcass that was improperly disposed of was located. The dogs were living in filth and investigators had to wear Hazmat suits while processing the scenes.
The dogs were contained within a 600-square-foot mobile home occupied by two people.
At the Suncrest location, 166 dogs were also found to be living in filthy conditions and in various states of health. Again, investigators wore Hazmat suits to process the scene.
For more information, see the Sept. 19 issue of the Deer Park Tribune

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