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Case ID: 20064
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Feb 14, 2014

County: Stevens

Disposition: Not Charged
Case Images: 9 files available

Abuser names unreleased

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Earlier this month, in a remote area north of Spokane, Wash., two women who were living with little to no amenities, allowed several dogs to starve to death.

According to KHQ News, the two elderly women were living in an unheated shed with nearly two dozen Pomeranians - outside of the shed, amidst trash which was strewn about the area, were over a dozen dogs who had been left to die.

Ken Holm, one of the rescue volunteers who came to the rural property in Ford, spent several days, along with other volunteers, chiseling the frozen dogs from the ground where they had fallen over dead.

According to a neighbor, the Steven's County Sheriff's Department was aware of the situation and had advised those who were concerned about the conditions that it was none of their business...allegedly advising them that the women had the right to live their life the way that they wanted to.

Unfortunately, the women's primitive lifestyle proved deadly for the dogs who were living outside, without food or adequate shelter.

When a KHQ reporter questioned a sheriff's department spokesperson about the situation, he was advised that the women had been offered help, but they refused and were "adamant' about staying where they were; the department denies ever seeing dogs who were suffering.

According to, the surviving dogs were removed from the property and taken to the Spokane Humane Society - they are being nursed back to health and will be put up for adoption.

Case Updates

Earlier this month, 39 neglected dogs and over a dozen dead dogs were found on rural property in Ford, Wash. The dogs had belonged to two elderly women who are suspected animal hoarders.

Several of the surviving dogs were taken in by the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary, and according to Tuesday's publication of the Spokesman-Review, they are doing remarkably well, considering the deplorable conditions which they were saved from.

Two Pomeranians and a Pekingese were taken in by the Colville rescue agency, and when the dogs first arrived, they were in poor condition. Now, the dogs are putting on weight, their matted and filthy fur has been shaved away, and they are enjoying freedom for the first time in ages.

Enough progress has been made that the dogs will be available for adoption soon - perhaps as early as this coming weekend.

Many of the large, mixed breed dogs, as well as the other Pomeranians (and mixes thereof) were taken in at the Spokane Humane Society. On Tuesday, the Spokane Humane Society posted the following update to their Facebook page:

The dogs from the hoarding case are doing very well considering their circumstances and we will begin putting them up for adoption potentially Saturday. However any interested adopters should be aware that these dogs are not housebroken and will need patience, time and understanding from their new homes. Many of them have little or no teeth but they still do not wish to share food with other pets (we wouldn't either if we'd been in those conditions).
Source: Examiner - Feb 27, 2014
Update posted on Apr 20, 2014 - 4:35PM 


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