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130 dogs belonging to Eatonville couple dead in homicide-suicide need homes

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm with 9 Comments »
April 13, 2011 4:19 pm

An adoption fair is being held Sunday to disperse of more than 100 dogs that belonged to an Eatonville couple that died earlier this month in a homicide-suicide.

The money from the adoption fair will benefit the couple’s two young children.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yelm Veterinary Hospital, 1120 Yelm Ave. W.

Organizers are asking for a $200 donation per animal. There are 30 puppies and about 100 dogs younger than the age of 5. Breeds include Chihuahua, Toy Fox Terriers, Pekinges, Pomeranians and Pugs.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators said Hector Estrada, 57, shot and killed his live-in girlfriend, 47-year-old Yolanda Patchin, at their Eatonville home April 3 before turning the gun on himself.

The couple operated a commercial dog breeding facility.

Veterinarians will be on hand Sunday to examine the adopted dogs and offer free vaccines.

For more information, call Yelm Veterinary Hospital at 360-458-7707.

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  1. IntentionalVolition says:

    What is a “Doxin”?? Sounds more like a pesticide than a dog breed!

  2. anonymous1965 says:

    I hope they don’t mean “dachshund” and just can’t spell….

  3. Sroldguy says:

    Dachshund, Wiener Dog

  4. Traci909 says:

    Surprisingly, “Doxie/Doxin” is a real term. (Google it if you don’t turst these links to ne SFW).

    Now that that’s cleared up… They were breeders with 130 dogs. Only 30 were puppies? They don’t mention that ‘X’ many of them are pregnant… Doesn’t really sound like they were breeders. I don’t presume to have all of the facts but this sounds to me more like they were hoarders. Which would mean that these dogs likely have more social issues than they’re letting on. People who adopt these dogs need to be prepared for that.

  5. Traci909 says:


  6. Not trying to start anything here. But anyone can do the math 130 dogs to two people in impossible for them all to be trained. They may have been licensed which makes is a “commercial” breeder, doesn’t mean they weren’t a hoarder. No where in the article does it say that they are trained dogs or that they don’t have “”issues”. Any animal young or old can have issues. When your adopting an animal that is the risk you are taking .The adoption is being held at a veterinary office so I strongly do not beleive that they are going to allow someone to adopt adopt a pregnant dog with out disclosing it, and when you go there you will be able to choose your pet, so if you don’t want a pregnant dog, (if those ones are even available), then don’t pick one. Also, lets not take away from the situation at hand; there are 130 dogs with out homes and two children with out parents I find this very beneficial all the way around, so picking apart “doxin” and attempting to make it sound like the article is not disclosing enough info, when this is going to help two very devastated children, I think is absolutly pathetic.

  7. I respectfully disagree. It is a horribly tragic situation. But really, just saying that people should adopt rescue dogs because the proceeds will go to two devastated children doesn’t make a lot of sense. Especially when really, while financial support is important, it probably isn’t the top concern in their life right now.

    I wasn’t saying that they were going to foist pregnant dogs off on people without telling them. Don’t fixate on that. I mentioned it as, if they were truly breeders, a number of them would be gestating.

    What I was saying is that these dogs are worse off if people don’t understand what they’re getting into and then when they find out that these dogs don’t easily adapt to family life may just take them to the pound. It’s incredibly sad how many dogs are at the pound/Humane Society that were given up voluntarily because they aren’t fitting in at home or because people are moving into apartments and rather than paying a pet deposit, are giving them up.

    You seem like a critical thinker, which is good. A good number of the people who go and adopt these dogs will be, too and will have considered the amount of work it is going to be to integrate these dogs into their homes. However, there are a lot of people who are not critical thinkers and without it being pointed out to them would just read the article and say, “Sad! Let’s go get one!” and think that they’re getting some steal of a deal on a purebred. They won’t be prepared to do constructive training and they and the dog will be miserable.

  8. Tattooedchick says:

    I bought a Yorkiepoo from this breeder back in Febuary. he was very timid and it took him a few weeks to get used to us. Now he is a wonderful dog. All of her dogs were well taken care of and you could tell she cared for them . However, our dog had the runns from the moment we got him. we thought it was a worms thing, and then we thought it was a food, thing. come to find out he had giardia. it’s a common parisite that you get from drinking dirty water. After lookging at a few other sites other people who have bought dogs from them complained about the same thing. She died before I could contact her on the issue. I fully recomend buying one of these dogs but be prepared to get them medicated for a bit

  9. steve_allison says:

    I guess one thing that should come out of this would be to consider a bond or higher licence fee to be a “professional dog breeder” ? Maybe a bond would have provided for the animals better in this case ?

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