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Search warrant executed for animal cruelty investigation

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KHQ.COM - Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) Officers executed a search warrant Wednesday at 23239 S. Cross Road, Cheney, WA as part of an ongoing investigation of animal cruelty and neglect.

SCRAPS received a complaint during the recent Watermelon Hill Fire regarding five horses that were temporarily evacuated to the Cheney Rodeo Grounds. The complainant stated that three of the horses were emaciated and not receiving proper care.

A SCRAPS Animal Protection Officer evaluated the horses at the rodeo grounds and found three to have a low body condition score. On a scale of 1-9 (1 being emaciated and 9 being obese) the three horses rated a 1.5, 2.5 and a 3 respectively. A body condition score below 3 is considered critical. The two additional horses were also on the thin side with ribs showing. SCRAPS officers did not have a warrant at that time to remove the animals. The warrant was obtained and has now been executed.

SCRAPS Officers are currently evaluating the animals at the location and determining if any should be removed.

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