Shelters join forces to find homes for Chihuahuas seized in Issaquah
June 8, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 12:25 p.m. June 8, 2012
Regional Animal Services of King County and the Seattle Animal Shelter need to find homes for Chihuahuas seized from a filthy home in Issaquah last year, officials at the organizations announced Friday.
The county animal control agency and foster families started caring for the dogs in October, after King County Sheriff’s Office investigators raided a home in the 5900 block of 189th Avenue Southeast on Cougar Mountain, about a mile south of Cougar Mountain Zoo.
“We’re happy that these dogs have a second chance at a good life,” Glynis Frederiksen, Regional Animal Services of King County operations manager, said in a statement. “Thanks to our hard-working staff and wonderful foster families, we’ve been able to nurse them back to health. The previous owner has agreed to release them so that we can find them new forever homes.”
Prosecutors said Issaquah resident Margaret Ann Hamilton, 70, hoarded more than 100 dogs at homes in Issaquah and Burien.
Police said Hamilton and her since-deceased husband kept 62 animals at the Cougar Mountain home.
Hamilton faced two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Investigators, alongside Burien and Regional Animal Services of King County animal control officers, raided the Issaquah and Burien homes last year after receiving a tip from Pasado’s Safe Haven, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Seattle.
Police discovered 38 more dogs at a Burien home owned by Hamilton’s brother-in-law.
Veterinarians later euthanized 14 ill animals — 13 dogs from the Burien home and one dog from the Issaquah home.
Though the dogs seized in Issaquah can be adopted, Frederiksen said the animals need lots of care and attention.
“They were kept in small, filthy kennels and had little contact with people or other dogs, and had little or no veterinary care during that time,” she said. “We are especially looking for pet owners who are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a special-needs dog.”
People interested in adopting a Chihuahua can go to the King County Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent, or the Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle.
Find facility hours on the agencies’ websites, www.kingcounty.gov/pets or www.seattleanimalshelter.org, or by calling Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387or the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387.
“We are happy to join with Regional Animal Services of King County to find homes for these dogs,” Seattle Animal Shelter Don Jordan said in a statement. “By joining forces, we can get these pets into loving homes that much quicker.”