WA sheriff seizes 100 dogs from 2 residences
Friday, October 7, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- Animal care workers are busy bathing and grooming dozens of dogs that King County sheriff's officers found confined at two houses in a case that's being called animal hoarding.
In all, 100 small dogs were seized Thursday. Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart says 14 dogs were taken to veterinarians. Nine were euthanized because of poor health.
He says the 38 dogs removed from a Burien home were mostly Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Chins kept in "extremely dirty" crates and in poor health.
Urquhart says the 62 dogs removed from an Issaquah residence were predominantly Chihuahuas, and in better condition.
Animal welfare organization Pasado's Safe Haven contacted the sheriff's office after getting a tip about the animals.
The sheriff's spokesman says a man at the Burien home told authorities that most of the dogs were his. He said he kept more dogs at the Issaquah house.
No arrests so far, but Urquhart says the sheriff's office will continue to investigate.