SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation.
During the seizure SCRAPS told us officers found dead animals on the property.
According to a search warrant, in addition to numerous horses i found extremely thin, officers also discovered several dead goats and a llama.
Court documents say their owner 35-year-old Michelle Stiner told officers a dead goat found underneath a blue feed possibly was kicked by a pony stallion.
Court papers say Stiner said another died when an eagle pecked its eye out. A third died when she mistakenly dropped a bale of hay on it while using a tractor and a llama was killed when snow fell off the roof of a hay barn.
In addition to citing unclean living conditions for some of the animals, SCRAPS tells us they were not being properly fed either.
Stiner said, "I’ve done the best that I could to take care of them and unlike a lot of owners that are just opening their gates and letting them go, at least I was making the attempt to take care of them."
According to the search warrant Stiner stated she sold several goats to get money to pay for hay.
Court documents say Stiner told investigators she was "performing sexual acts for people” and "pimping herself out" to get hay.
SCRAPS says it worked with Stiner for several months to provide better care for the animals and when that didn't happen officers seized them.
We've enquired and are still waiting to hear back from scraps whether or not Stiner will be charged with animal cruelty.
All of the animals officers with scraps seized when they raided this property in elk have now been adopted into new homes.