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UPDATED: Steilacoom woman charged with neglecting dog pleads not guilty

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:57 am |
February 22, 2013 1:56 pm

UPDATE as of 1:54 p.m.: Olander pleaded not guilty this afternoon.

INITIAL POST: A Steilacoom woman will be arraigned on first-degree animal cruelty charges this afternoon for allegedly neglecting one of her dogs so badly that every bone on his body protruded.

A bench warrant was issued for Kim Olander, 35, earlier this week. She was booked into Pierce County Jail Thursday.

Animal control officers were called to Olander’s home Jan. 8 after receiving a complaint. They discovered two 7-year-old dogs, Angel and Dinks, locked in a bathroom soaked with urine.

Dinks was emaciated, weighed 39 pounds and was suffering from a sunken face, anemia and liver issues, charging papers state. Pierce County prosecutors said the dog gained 11 pounds in six days after receiving proper nutrition.

Angel appeared thin but had no major health issues. Three other healthy dogs were found in the home.

Olander told the animal control officer Dinks and Angel had been sick for about two months but she hadn’t taken them to a veterinarian.


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