These Two Rescued, Emaciated Burien Dogs Definitely ‘Deserve Better’
Last week, a group called “Dogs Deserve Better” helped rescue two emaciated, chained-up dogs from a home in Burien.
With the help of Officer Adam Easterbrook and the folks at Five Corners Veterinary Hospital, two volunteers went to the home of a man, whom they confronted about two sickly-looking dogs chained up in his yard.
“Joel” and “Julie” were then rescued from the man and taken to the Vet, where they were treated.
“We have Joel in foster with our group and Julie is in foster with Salty Dog Rescue,” said Kelly Page, a State Rep for Dogs Deserve Better. “Joel (the male dog) is in foster care on Vashon Island, and he is not out of the woods yet. He is 27 pounds, about half his ideal weight, but he is surviving and we are monitoring him carefully. We did just hear from Officer Easterbrook that the other three dogs in the home that belong to the roommate are in good condition.”
Here are some photos that show the terrible condition of the two neglected, rescued dogs:
According to Kelly, via the “Dogs Deserve Better’ Facebook Page:
Charges have not been forwarded to the prosecutor. Police are still investigating to determine exactly what to charge the owner with so still unknown. Even if the sheriff’s office forwards recommendations of charges, the prosecutor’s office could still decline. Let’s hope this does not happen & charges are pressed. Justice must be served here.
Special thanks so Burien Five Corners Vet and Dr. Joel Cuthbert. Not only did Dr. Cuthbert make sure that the officer knew how dire this situation was today, but they did not even charge us for the office visit or all the fluids and food they gave to little Joel. They were so amazing!
Also, thank you to Deputy Sheriff Adam Easterbrook who recognized the importance and urgency of the situation and did everything he could to make sure these dogs survived. He admitted that he wasn’t very familiar with the animal cruelty laws but I gave him my Animal Rights of Washington handbook and he was happy to read through it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to these two people!
“Dogs Deserve Better” is also seeking to pass legislation called HB 1755 – 2011-12 (download PDF here), co-sponsored by Burien’s own Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, concerning the humane treatment of animals, that would make such neglect, such as chaining up and neglecting dogs like Joel and Julie, illegal.
For more information, check out the “Dogs Deserve Better” Facebook Page.