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Steilacoom woman charged with animal cruelty for starving dog

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:55 am |
February 7, 2013 2:10 pm

A 35-year-old Steilacoom woman is charged with first-degree animal cruelty for so badly neglecting one of her dogs that every bone on his body protruded.

The woman is scheduled to be arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court Feb. 20.

Animal control officers received a complaint and went to check on Olander’s dogs Jan. 8. The officer said she found two 7-year-old dogs, Angel and Dinks, locked in a urine-soaked bathroom.

Angel appeared to be a bit thin but Dinks “was emaciated, skin and bones,” according to charging papers.

The dog allegedly had a sunken face, weighed 39 pounds and was suffering from anemia and liver issues. He gained 11 pounds in six days after being properly fed, prosecutors said.

The woman said Angel and Dinks had been sick for nearly two months but she hadn’t taken them to a veterinarian. She voluntarily surrendered the dogs.

She had three other healthy dogs in the house.

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