SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Spokane County released the following statement in response to Spokane City Councilmembers Michael Cathcart and Karen Stratton, who released a statement last week about a myriad of concerns, including with the City’s interlocal agreement with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS).
“SCRAPS’ mission is building a more humane community, protecting public safety, and ensuring animal welfare through the compassionate, responsive, and professional enforcement of laws and public policies. The mission of SCRAPS is that of any Municipal Animal Protection Service,” said Patrick Bell, Communications Director for Spokane County.
“We take allegations of this nature very seriously, but to do date no evidence has been brought forward to support these claims. To be clear, SCRAPS does not euthanize animals due to capacity issues. A dog who causes severe injury to a human, kills another domestic animal, or engages in other harmful behavior prohibited by law may be deemed ‘dangerous’ and impounded in the name of public safety. Humane euthanasia is only employed as a last resort,” said Jesse Ferrari, SCRAPS Director.
Ferrari continued: “SCRAPS has attempted to address the constituent concerns brought forth by Councilmembers Cathcart and Stratton by initially inviting them both to the facility in May 2023 for a firsthand look at SCRAPS’ operations, and to review our policies in action. To date they have not taken us up on that invitation. SCRAPS is confident we are meeting our agreed upon contractual obligations.”
Bell continued, “Section 17 of the interlocal agreement provides for ‘Dispute Resolution.’ We recommend any contracted party wishing to proceed with resolving a dispute, first provide a written, detailed, and itemized list of any concerns. Spokane County renews our invitation to City Councilmembers Cathcart and Stratton to visit SCRAPS to witness firsthand the many positive services SCRAPS is providing in the community. As always, our primary focus remains animal welfare, public safety, enforcement, and compliance with all applicable laws.”