The City of Spokane will advance with prosecution against a Hillyard woman for animal cruelty. Laneva M. Erskine, 54, was arraigned Wednesday and faces nine counts of 2nd Degree Animal Cruelty from a search warrant served earlier this year.
On February 8, animal protection services removed 50 animals from the 3622 E. Crown home including cats, dogs and some puppies that the city says were unweaned. The smell of animal waste was prevalent from the street as SpokAnimal searched the property.
The case is being handled by the city’s assistant prosecutor, Matthew Folsom. He’ll have to prove that Erskine mistreated and neglected the animals with the help of a veterinarian who can certify the harm, though most of the animals were adopted following the search warrant. Some had to be euthanized due to their poor health.
According to court documents dated March 16, each of the nine counts of animal cruelty were based on cruelty of cats who exhibited signs of matted fur, urine burns, fleas, dehydration, malnutrition, hair loss and more.