Rescued Washougal dog finds new home




The last of three dogs rescued from the scene of a murder-suicide in Washougal has been adopted, the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society announced this week.

A Washougal family adopted Ben the border collie on Feb. 8, eight days after he was rescued near Steven Stanbary’s old home, 3275 F Place. The adoptive family asked not to be identified, said Janet Waters, assistant manager with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

On Dec. 7, Stanbary committed suicide after killing his wife of 11 years, Leona Bolton-Stanbary, and her twin sister, Mona Daughtery. As his house burned, Stanbary fired weapons for 90 minutes to keep emergency responders away, authorities said.

Humane Society officials received around 12 calls inquiring about Ben during the week before his adoption, Waters said. Stanbary’s neighbors, Dea Taylor-West and Lyman West, who aided police in rescuing Ben, decided not to adopt him, Taylor-West said, because of their home’s proximity to Stanbary’s.

Waters hoped the increased attention would lead to other dogs and cats finding homes. You can find out more about the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society at 360-335-0941 or