SCRAPS charges dog owner with animal cruelty

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This dog was found near Bridges Road in Deer Park with injuries to its neck from a collar or cable. Anyone with information is asked to call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.

January 29, 2013 1:29 p.m. - Updated: 2:23 p.m.

The owner of an injured dog recently found with an embedded collar has been charged with animal cruelty.

The owner, 66-year-old Richard L. Lafountain, faces second-degree animal cruelty and confinement in an unsafe manner, according to Nancy Hill, director of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services.

The 1-year-old husky mix, named Nanook, was found Friday with a wound around his neck consistent with a collar or cable becoming embedded over a long period of time, Hill said. Lafountain has since released the dog to SCRAPS.

“We have interviewed the owner and been told how this injury occurred,” Hill said in a news release. “We encourage everyone to fence their yard rather than tethering a dog so this kind of injury doesn’t happen.”

Nanook had surgery to treat his wounds. He is expected to make a full recovery, but will need follow-up care. His care is being paid for through the SCRAPS Hope Foundation and private donations.

Numerous people have come forward to adopt the dog, but Nanook has already found a new home and an owner who can work with his special medical needs.

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