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, or, 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.”

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3 Responses to “Shelters join forces to find homes for Chihuahuas seized in Issaquah”

  1. Rebecca on June 8th, 2012 3:02 pm

    Not all of the dogs are up for adoption – the plea deal allows Margaret Hamilton to keep three. I have been told that she is allowed and plans to breed these dogs. The dog that I am fostering is one that is supposed to return to Ms. Hamilton. This dog has a heart murmur that will likely be passed on to her pups.

    This chihuahua is young and one of Margaret Hamilton’s favorites, and when she came to me she was severely traumatized and unsocialized to an extreme. She also needed medical care: she had an ear infection that had gone untreated by Ms. Hamilton and has a heart murmur for which she should get surgery. The dog never sniffed anything, never made any noise, never tried to play, and was just a shell of a dog. I have been working with her since October to help socialize her, build her confidence, and help her become a well adjusted dog. She has made so much progress, and it is extremely disheartening that she must return to living in deplorable conditions.

  2. kaylee janie on October 8th, 2012 1:45 pm

    I do not think Margaret Hamilton should get back any animal that has medical problems and that she should not be aloud to breed any more dogs.

  3. nancy taylor on May 30th, 2013 12:22 am

    Mrs Hamilton was set up-dog breeders can be very nasty-I know I use to breed but no more-she is a very caring lady-

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