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Busting 'puppy mill' presented challenges

SCRAPS officers worked on buyer tips in order to obtain search warrant


Closing down the illegal West Plains kennel that animal control officers raided and rescued dozens of dogs on April 26 presented a challenge from the get-go.

Perhaps the biggest was just confirming that a still as yet unidentified property owner on the 21000 block of West Bowie Road was selling dogs illegally.

The “puppy mill” was quite isolated and “It’s fairly rural,” Ashley Proszek, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) field operations manager said. The area is mostly fields so there are not places neighbors might even notice.

SCRAPS had contemplated an un...

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