38 Dogs Rescued From Burien Home Thursday; We’ve Got Exclusive Photos
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
In what police are describing as a major “animal hoarding” operation, detectives and animal control officers raided a Burien house Thursday night (Oct. 6) in the 1300 block of SW 120th Street, where they rescued 38 dogs, nine of which had to be euthanized.
Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Chin dogs were found in the residence at around 6:15 p.m., all in relatively poor health and kept in extremely dirty dog crates.
Fourteen of the dogs were in good enough condition to be saved, and were taken immediately to a veterinarian’s office.
According to Debra George, Director of Burien’s Community Animal Resource and Education Society (CARES), the surviving dogs are receiving proper care and will need homes.
“Our first concern is the health and well-being of the dogs,” George said, “so all of them are being checked out and treated at local veterinary offices. We want to thank everyone who helped out in this trying situation.”
“We need help getting these poor dogs new homes,” George added. “After they receive medical attention, we’ll put them up for adoption.”
George added that the 27 surviving canines will be cleaned up at Posh Paws in Burien Friday evening by volunteers, then possibly put up for adoption next week.
Police say that a man at the residence said the majority of the dogs were his, and claimed some were show dogs. Furthermore, he said there were additional dogs at a house near Issaquah.
Detectives and animal control officer from King County subsequently served a search warrant at a residence in the 5900 block of 189th Ave SE in Issaquah and found another 62 dogs. These animals were in relatively good health and in clean crates, but due to the condition of the house, the dogs were taken by Regional Animal Services of King County.
The investigation into the Burien residence began after the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Pasado’s Safe Haven. They received a tip about conditions at the house and gathered additional information. That, coupled with the Sheriff’s investigation led to a search warrant.
Burien detectives and Sheriff’s Office detectives were assisted by CARES, as well as Regional Animal Services of King County, who sent six officers and a vet technician to assist at the Issaquah location.
“This was a very quick and coordinated effort by all involved”, said Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer. “My thanks to Burien’s CARES staff, the Sheriff Office, and Regional Animal Services of King County personnel. Everyone worked well into the night on this investigation,” he added.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation into both locations is continuing. So far there have been no arrests but felony and/or misdemeanor charges are possible.
Expect followup stories on these dogs over the next week or so, so be sure to check back if you have room to take in a rescue dog.
Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was given exclusive access to the rescued dogs Friday, and below are some photos he took: