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

December 6, 2011

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.

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King County animal services agency offers treats, tips for Halloween

October 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 25, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is offering a treat for Halloween — reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens through Oct. 31.

The agency reduced the adoption fee for cats from $55 to $30 and from $100 to $75 for kittens.

October is also Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

Regional Animal Services of King County includes a pet license, neutering or spaying, microchipping and initial vaccinations in the dog adoption fee. The fees range from $100 to $250, depending on the dog’s age and breed.

“There’s never been a better time to adopt a pet from us,” agency Interim Manager Glynis Frederiksen said in a news release. “We have all shapes, sizes, and colors of cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes. Plus, if you come in before Halloween, adoption fees for cats are just $30, and for kittens, it’s $75.”

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Police seize 62 dogs from home in ‘animal hoarding’ case

October 11, 2011

King County animal control officers seized 62 dogs from a Cougar Mountain home in Issaquah — and 38 more from a Burien home — Oct. 6 in a case investigators described as “animal hoarding.”

Kristina Tsai bathes a dog Oct. 7 at a King County animal shelter after it was seized during an "animal hoarding" investigation Oct. 6. By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

In a raid on the Burien house, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Regional Animal Services of King County officers discovered 38 ill Chihuahua, Japanese Chin and Pomeranian dogs in dirty crates. Then, investigators searched a house in the 5900 block of 189th Avenue Southeast on Cougar Mountain, about a mile south of Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Veterinarians later euthanized nine dogs from the Burien house due to poor health. The day after the raids, veterinarians euthanized another dog due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Investigators said the animals from the Issaquah house appeared to be in good health and housed in clean crates, although the condition of the house prompted animal control officers to take the dogs into custody.

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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.

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King County advises keeping pets’ shots up to date

July 19, 2011

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a saying that applies to the health of your pets as much as it applies to you, according to the Regional Animal Services of King County.

Routine immunizations are important to the life and health of your furry friends.

“Vaccines are one of the wonders of modern medicine,” said Sue Moriyasu, veterinary medical director at Regional Animal Services. “Just as in humans, initial immunizations and boosters are vital to ensuring that your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.”

The list of vaccine-preventable animal diseases is long, county officials said, but they reported that two illnesses seem to be making their way through the county: panleukopenia, or feline distemper, and parvovirus in dogs. The closely related viruses spread easily, are resistant to most disinfectants and can live on contaminated surfaces for years. Illnesses caused by the viruses often are fatal to kittens or puppies.

Symptoms of both illnesses may include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy.

“Even with aggressive treatment, up to 90 percent of kittens and cats infected with panleukopenia die,” Moriyasu said. “Parvo can be treated more successfully if caught early, but treatment is expensive and not guaranteed. That is why it is to important to get your new kitten or puppy vaccinated immediately and to be sure to go back to your veterinarian for boosters.”

Moriyasu said the viruses never would be eliminated from our environment, making the best treatment easily available and highly effective vaccinations.

“And just because your cat or dog lives inside does not mean they are not vulnerable to vaccine-preventable illnesses,” Moriyasu added. “Being a responsible pet owner includes making sure your pet is protected against disease, and routine immunizations from your vet can help you do that.”

Safety is important for pets, too, on Fourth of July

July 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is urging residents to keep pets safe during the holiday weekend.

Every year around Independence Day, fireworks scare pets and cause animals to run away. Many turn up in area animal shelters after the holiday.

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Help King County pet owners find lost animals

June 21, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help pet owners search for lost animals.

Through the program, Shelter Pet Detective, Regional Animal Services volunteers can receive training from the Missing Pet Partnership to offer hands-on assistance to people searching for a lost cat or dog. Plans call for volunteers to be trained to find the owners of lost pets already at the shelter.

People interested in becoming a Shelter Pet Detective can attend training from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 and July 2 at the Regional Animal Services shelter in Kent, 21615 64th Ave. S.

Contact Sarah Luthens at 206-296-3946 or sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov to register.

Shelter urges cat adoptions throughout June

June 14, 2011

Cats rank as the No. 1 companion animal in the United States.

Though more than 80 million felines live in households across the country, many more remain still in shelters, waiting for a permanent home.

In June, Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the American Humane Association, Petfinder.com, and other animal organizations in the Puget Sound region and throughout the United States to promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month.

Pets adopted from the agency have been spayed or neutered, have received their initial vaccinations — including a rabies vaccination — and have had a health exam. Find available pets at the shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent, or at www.kingcounty.gov/pets.

King County animal-services agency helps owner find lost pets

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help pet owners search for lost animals.

Through the program, Shelter Pet Detective, Regional Animal Services volunteers can receive training from the Missing Pet Partnership to offer hands-on assistance to people searching for a lost cat or dog. Plans call for volunteers to be trained to find the owners of lost pets already at the shelter.

“Pets are family, and when they go missing, it can be traumatic,” Sarah Luthens, Regional Animal Services manager of volunteer programs, said in a news release. “With the Shelter Pet Detective program, we’re hoping to get more eyes and ears on the streets looking for strays. The volunteers will also help us locate owners whose lost pet is in the shelter.”

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Consider a feline friend during Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Cats rank as the No. 1 companion animal in the United States.

Though more than 80 million felines live in households across the country, many more remain still in shelters, waiting for a permanent home.

In June, Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the American Humane Association, Petfinder.com, and other animal organizations in the Puget Sound region and throughout the United States to promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month.

“Cats make great companions, and this is a perfect time to come find a new furry friend,” Regional Animal Services Manager Ken Nakatsu said in a news release. “We’re in the middle of kitten season, when shelters like ours are teeming with wonderful, lovable, adoptable felines. Through Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, we hope to get more of these great pets into great homes.”

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