Investigators seize 100 dogs in Issaquah, Burien ‘animal hoarding’ case
October 7, 2011
NEW — 1:20 p.m., Oct. 7, 2011
King County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an “animal hoarding” case where the Regional Animal Services of King County have removed 100 dogs from two Burien and Issaquah homes.
No arrests in the incident have been made, but felony and/or misdemeanor charges could be forthcoming in the case.
Detectives and animal control officers raided a Burien house at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of Southwest 120th Street where 38 Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Japanese Chin dogs were found in the residence.
All of the animals were in relatively poor health and kept in extremely dirty dog crates, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Fourteen dogs were immediately taken to a veterinarian’s office and nine were euthanized.
A man at the residence said the majority of the dogs were his and claimed some were show dogs.
A search warrant was served at a residence 5900 block of 189th Avenue Southeast in Issaquah, where another 62 dogs were found to be in relatively good health and in clean crates.
Due to the condition of the house, the dogs were taken by Regional Animal Services of King County.
The investigation into the Burien residence began after the sheriff’s office was contacted by Pasado’s Safe Haven.
Burien and sheriff’s office detectives were assisted by Burien’s Community Animal Resource and Education Society, as well as Regional Animal Services of King County, which sent six officers and a vet technician to assist at the Issaquah location.
“This was a very quick and coordinated effort by all involved,” Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer said. “My thanks to Burien’s CARES staff, the sheriff’s office, and King County’s animal care and control personnel. Everyone worked well into the night on this investigation.”
Debra George, director of CARES, said the dogs are receiving proper care and will need homes.
“Our first concern is the health and well-being of the dogs, so all of them are being checked out and treated at local veterinary offices,” she said.
The sheriff’s office investigation into both locations is continuing.