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Case ID: 10594
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jan 18, 2007

County: King

Disposition: Open
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Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Pasado's Safe Haven animal sanctuary is offering a $5,000 reward and the Humane Society of the United States is offering $2,500 in an effort to find the person who abandoned six puppies in a trash bin near Issaquah.

Pasado's says hikers headed for Tiger Mountain on Jan 18 heard whimpering coming from a dumpster and were shocked to find six golden retriever/Labrador mix puppies, about five weeks old, cowering in the freezing temperatures and clinging to life.

The hikers called sheriff's deputies, who arrived and took the puppies to the King County Animal Control shelter.

One puppy did not survive.

"We're investigating this as a potential animal cruelty case, as the animals were abandoned in that dumpster essentially with no chance for survival unless somebody came along and found them. No food, water or anything," said Al Dams, acting manager of King County Animal Services and Programs. Related Content

"Abandoning an animal is cruel and unnecessary. There is always a humane option," said Inga Gibson, state program manager for The Humane Society of the United States.

Dams said unwanted animals may be brought to a King County animal shelter. There is no fee to relinquish animals at a shelter.

On Monday morning, Pasado's volunteers posted reward flyers at the paragliding park located in the 11400 block of the Issaquah-Hobart Road in Issaquah. The reward will be given to anyone with information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for dumping the pups.

"We cannot allow the perpetrators of this horrible act to escape justice," said Kim Sgro, Executive Director of Pasado's. "These are living, breathing creatures and this is a cowardly event that should not happen to any animal."

If you have any information you are asked to call the Pasado shelter at 425-283-8307.

This case comes as the Washington State Legislature is set to consider a bill that would define animal abandonment and would elevate the crime from a Misdemeanor (punishable by up to a maximum 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine) to a Gross Misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and a year in jail.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Pasado's Safe Haven
425-283-8307


Case Updates

King County Animal Services and Pasado's Safe Haven have received five tips related to an animal cruelty case involving six puppies abandoned in an Issaquah area dumpster last week.

A search of the site for clues turned up the body of a two-pound female puppy from the litter, buried under layers of garbage in the container.

The condition of the body and a necropsy revealed that the seventh puppy was severely malnourished, dehydrated, worm-ridden and appeared to have died from exposure. The puppy was not in the box with its littermates in the dumpster.

The other six puppies huddled together in the box and managed to survive until someone heard their cries and called Animal Services for rescue.

Pasado's Safe Haven is offering a $5,000 reward and the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information in the case.

If convicted, the person or people responsible for abandoning the puppies could face animal cruelty charges and could face time in jail.

King County Animal Services officials say the five puppies that survived in the dumpster responded well to care at King County's Kent Animal Shelter and have gained weight and are interacting socially with people. The animals are being released to King County foster care volunteers and will be available for adoption in mid-February.

If you're interested in adopting a puppy, send an e-mail to: pets@metrokc.gov.
Source: NWCN - Jan 26, 2007
Update posted on Jan 26, 2007 - 10:23PM 
Pasado's Safe Haven offers $5,000 and Humane Society of the United States offers $2,500 reward

Abandoned puppies found in dumpsterKing County Animal Services is investigating a potential animal cruelty case involving six golden retriever/Labrador mix puppies rescued from a dumpster Thursday at a park located in the 11400 Block of the Issaquah-Hobart Road. King County Animal Services responded immediately to an anonymous call Thursday from a person who spotted the puppies, but was unable to reach them. Animal experts could not determine how long the puppies had been abandoned in the dumpster, but they were wet, cold and many were near starvation.

Animal Services is actively pursuing leads and the public is encouraged to report any information related to this case to 206-296-3958. Animal Services contacted two local animal activist groups Friday afternoon about offering a reward in the case. Pasado's Safe Haven is posting a reward of $5,000 and the Humane Society of the United States is posting a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the this act. Animal abandonment is a violation of State and local laws and the perpetrators could be charged with felony Animal Cruelty.

"The puppies were found in deplorable conditions. They were left to fend for themselves without food, water or shelter," said Al Dams, acting manager of King County Animal Services and Programs. "Sadly, after medical treatment and overnight observation, one puppy has died but we are hopeful we can nurse the remaining puppies back to health and have them available for adoption into good homes within the next several weeks."

Animal Services is actively pursuing leads in this case and the public is encouraged to report any information related to this case to 206-296-3958.

Dams reminds the public to bring unwanted animals to a King County animal shelter, rather than abandoning them. There is no fee to relinquish animals at a King County animal shelter.

"We are thankful that King County Animal Services was able to rescue these animals," said Inga Gibson, state program manager for The Humane Society of the United States. "Abandoning an animal is cruel and unnecessary. There is always a humane option. We encourage anyone with information about this case to contact King County Animal Services."

"We cannot allow the perpetrators of this horrible act to escape justice," says Kim Sgro, Executive Director of Pasado's. "We must send a message to the general public that animals are sentient beings and not garbage. We support Senate Bill 5227, the Pet Abandonment bill, which will address this issue. Under present Washington law, abandonment is not clearly defined and cases like this happen far too often."

King County Animal Services encourages responsible pet ownership and, since 1972, has provided adoption and other animal services to residents of unincorporated King County and all cities except Seattle, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Milton, and Medina. King County Animal Services operates animal shelters in Kent and Bellevue from which it offers animal adoption, pet licensing, shelter for lost pets, and help in locating lost pets. In 2005, King County shelter staff licensed more than 144,000 cats and dogs and rescued 4,979 animals and adopted them into loving homes. For more information, please visit metrokc.gov/pets on the internet or call 206-296-PETS (7387).
Source: King County Animal Services - Jan 22, 2007
Update posted on Jan 24, 2007 - 5:32PM 

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