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Category: Animal cases

April
12th

Woman charged with stealing $90,000 from Tacoma animal hospital

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 63-year-old woman with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing more than $90,000 from a Tacoma-based animal hospital.

The woman worked at Portland Avenue Small Animal Hospital, 7418 Portland Ave E, from 1989 until the thefts were discovered in 2011.

When the owner’s daughter did an audit, she found discrepancies between the cash book and the bank deposits so she and her father confronted the woman.

The woman did not admit to the theft so the owner, who considered her “a close friend of the family,” offered her a different position at the animal hospital where

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March
22nd

Lakewood woman charged with severely neglecting multiple pets, keeping dead animals in crates

Inside the covered crates was a feces-covered cat scratching to get out, a decomposing dog and a Pomeranian stuck standing in inches of his own waste.

The “horrific” discovery in a Lakewood garage Nov. 29 led animal control officers inside the home, where they found nine other severely neglected critters and two more crates with dead animals.

All of the pets were removed from the home. On Thursday, 48-year-old Patricia Scott pleaded not guilty to four counts of animal cruelty. She was ordered released on her own recognizance and barred from coming near animals.

Pierce County prosecutors said additional charges

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March
18th

Tacoma man accused of neglecting dogs charged with animal cruelty

A 52-year-old man accused of neglecting two dogs has been charged with two counts of first-degree animal cruelty.

Pierce County prosecutors said the man was supposed to care for a Golden Retriever puppy given to his daughter by her boyfriend’s mother but failed to feed it or provide medical care. He is also accused of neglecting another dog in his care.

Charging papers tell this story:

The boyfriend’s mother complained to the Tacoma Humane Society about the dog’s condition, claiming the dogs lived in filthy conditions and were “skin and bones.”

An animal control officer checked on the dogs Jan.

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March
15th

Lakewood man charged with selling illegal deer meat

He claimed he shot deer out his back door “all the time.”

The 22-year-old Lakewood man advertised the meat on Craigslist and agreed to meet with an undercover Fish and Wildlife detective in Seattle to hand over a blacktail doe. The first deal took place in November 2010.

The man sold the deer meat for $346.

They met again in September 2011, in Tacoma, and the man sold the detective an unskinned blacktail deer for $300.

On Thursday, Pierce County prosecutors charged the man with two counts of first-degree trafficking in wildlife and one count of second-degree unlawful hunting of

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March
8th

Lakewood house filled with dead and neglected pets leads to animal cruelty charges

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 48-year-old Lakewood woman with four counts of animal cruelty after authorities found what they described as a sad menagerie inside her small house, where some animals lived in filth and others lay dead and rotting in their cages.

The woman’s relatives told investigators she has a history of mental health issues “that are not being adequately addressed.” They also said she would “fly into a rage” if anyone tried to intervene on the animals’ behalf or try to help them, court records show.

The case began in November when one of the woman’s relatives called

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Feb.
28th

UPDATED: Firefighters, employees rescue animals from blaze at Tacoma Central PetSmart

Tacoma fire crews responded about 6:20 p.m. to a fire at the Tacoma Central PetSmart at 3326 S. 23rd St. Firefighters searched the building to make sure no people were inside, and proceeded to remove animals from the building.

No one was injured, but it’s not yet clear if any animals have been hurt, according to Tacoma Fire. The blaze is out, and an investigator is on the way to determine how it started, officials said.

Some pets are safely sheltered in an area of the building the fire did not reach, Battalion Chief Jolene Davis said.

Bystanders said store employees also

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Feb.
22nd

UPDATED: Steilacoom woman charged with neglecting dog pleads not guilty

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

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Feb.
8th

Malnourished horses, cats and goat seized from Enumclaw property

More than two dozen malnourished horses, cats and a goat were seized this week from a farm near Enumclaw.

King County Animal Control Services received a tip about emaciated horses being kept on acreage near 236th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 416th Street.

They obtained a search warrant Wednesday night and took 16 horses, a cat and a goat. After noticing other horses that looked underweight, officers brought a second search warrant to the farm Thursday and seized another six horses.

“It was obvious some of them were malnourished,” King County spokesman Cameron Satterfield said, adding that some of the animals’

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