American Kennel Club judge is suspect in ‘animal hoarding’ case

December 6, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The suspect in a case investigators described as “animal hoarding” is a judge for the American Kennel Club, a prestigious registry of purebred dogs.

Pasado’s Safe Haven, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Seattle, released the information Nov. 30, as the investigation continues into dogs discovered living in filthy conditions in Issaquah and Burien homes.

King County animal control officers seized 62 dogs from a Cougar Mountain home in Issaquah and 38 more from a Burien home in early October.

Pasado’s Safe Haven asked prosecutors to file 14 counts of first-degree animal cruelty against the judge — the dogs’ owner — and the Burien homeowner. The dogs’ other owner died after the investigation started.

How to help

CARES of Burien needs help to care for dogs seized from Issaquah and Burien homes in early October. Call 206-81-CARES or email buriencares@gmail.com to learn more.

“We are currently still in the investigative stages of this case,” Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said Nov. 30. “We will be meeting with the deputy prosecuting attorney in the next couple weeks and hope to have a filing decision soon.”

The Issaquah Press typically does not name a suspect until he or she is charged.

The sheriff’s office has not yet arrested anyone in the case, although misdemeanor or felony charges could ensue.

Pasado’s Safe Haven provided footage to law enforcement officers showing Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Japanese Chin dogs living in deplorable conditions inside the homes. The video showed dogs in rusty, feces- and urine-soiled cages.

The Issaquah home is in the 5900 block of 189th Avenue Southeast on Cougar Mountain, about a mile south of Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Veterinarians later euthanized 14 ill animals. Officers later placed many dogs seized from the homes under the care of CARES of Burien, a nonprofit animal-rescue organization.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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