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Category: Animal cases


Pierce County man charged with beating wife, dog

A Pierce County man accused of beating his wife and dog during a fit of anger Friday has been ordered to stay away from them.

The 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree animal cruelty and three counts of fourth-degree assault. He was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Deputies were called to the couple’s home Friday morning by the wife, who claimed her husband was furious their dog had chewed on a small trampoline.

She said her husband beat the dog with the trampoline, held it down with a leash while he strangled it and shoved her

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Horse euthanized after barn fire near Auburn

A horse had to be euthanized after a Saturday barn fire east of Auburn, King County Fire District 44 spokesman Tim Perciful said Sunday.

22 horses were in the barn about 7 a.m. in the 21200 block of Green Valley Road when the fire started, one of which went to an emergency vet.

Workers at the stables where the fire happened rushed to set the animals free, and managed to release all but a few, which were rescued after the fire was under control.

Crews worked to give oxygen and fluids to the animals after the blaze.

The other horses

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Gig Harbor-area man accused of taping dog’s mouth shut charged with animal cruelty

UPDATE 2: Sweeney decided not to talk on the record about the case because he’s facing a felony charge. His son, Zak, spoke on his father’s behalf, though.

Zak Sweeney said his father is a good man who has never been cruel to Daisy, who is known to chew off retail muzzles the family uses to try to control her barking.

The dog is a 2-year-old Doberman pinscher Zak Sweeney bought as a puppy.

Daisy always has access to shade, food and water and is groomed once a month, Zak Sweeney said. He showed a reporter a video he took of

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Bumblebee throws tree branch onto I-5 from overpass

Initial reports to troopers about 4 p.m. of someone in a bumblebee costume on the Interstate 5 overpass at South 48th Street made more sense when dispatchers explained a small child had thrown a tree branch onto the freeway.

No one was hurt, and a trooper is en route to remove the branch, according to the State Patrol.


Pierce County couple charged with animal cruelty after death of neglected miniature horse

A Pierce County couple has been charged with first-degree animal cruelty for allegedly allowing one of their miniature horses to die of neglect.

Neighbors in the 1100 block of 97th Street East called animal control officers to express concern about two miniature horses who were never taken out of a barn and an emaciated horse spotted lying in the mud.

An animal control officer visited the property May 28 and asked the 44-year-old man to see the horses. After seeing the too-skinny horse, the officer suggested ways to improve the horse’s condition and asked to see the miniature horses.


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Pierce County woman charged with animal cruelty for starving horse

A Pierce County woman is accused of starving one of her horses because she didn’t want to pay $200 to have it euthanized.

Prosecutors have charged the woman with first-degree animal cruelty. She has not been arrested.

The mare was seized by animal control officers in February and euthanized.

Animal control officers went to visit the mare after receiving a complaint that she was severely underweight.

They found the horse had cracked and overgrown hooves and worn off hair on its muzzle and cheeks from a halter that had been left on for an extended period, according to court records.

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Crews rescue 90-pound mastiff scared of thunder by Lake Tapps

Even a 90-pound mastiff can get spooked by thunderstorms.

One who lives on the northeast side of Lake Tapps got scared during the stormy weather Monday, and went down a 20-foot embankment near the 21300 block of 10th Street East.

The owner tried to get the pooch back up, and hoped the dog might come up on his own.

But two days later, he called in reinforcements.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue crews arrived about 12:30 p.m. today with a technical rescue team and rescued the mastiff.

They brought the owner up from the bottom of the embankment too, according

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Wayward black bear captured in Lakewood

A young black bear spotted throughout the week in southern Pierce County was captured Friday near American Lake, a state wildlife official said.

Officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, aided by a Karelian bear dog, tracked down and tranquilized the bruin about 3 p.m. off Veterans Drive in Lakewood, agency spokesman Craig Bartlett said.

Wildlife agents planned to relocate the animal, thought to be about 2-1/2 years old, to a more remote area, Bartlett said.

The bear first was spotted Tuesday in DuPont. Another sighting was reported Thursday on Joint Base Lewis-McChord then another on Camp Murray, Bartlett

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