Saturday, December 09, 2023
Miss Gingersnap, one of 31 Husky-type dogs found abandoned in the south and western parts of Bonner County, is offered a treat by Better Together Animal Alliance officials as she heads off to a foster home on Tuesday.

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Pair charged with abandoning dogs
January 26, 2023 1 a.m.

Pair charged with abandoning dogs

At least 31 Husky-type dogs abandoned in area

Two former Bonner County residents are being charged with 31 criminal counts of animal cruelty and abandonment, Bonner County Sheriff's Office officials said Wednesday. Jacob M. McCowan, 45, and Jessica L. Smurtwaite, 31, are accused of abandonment at least a large number of "Husky-type" dogs in southwestern Bonner County, bordering both Kootenai County and Pend Oreille County, Wash.