Burien Dog Hoarder Charged with Animal Cruelty

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38 dogs were rescued from a Burien residence in October 2011, most of which were kept in these dirty, urine and feces-filled dog crates. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

The King County Prosecutors Office has charged Margaret Ann Hamilton, a dog show judge and breeder, with animal cruelty after she hoarded around 100 dogs in poor conditions at homes in Burien and Issaquah in October (read our previous coverage here).

Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Chin dogs were found in Hamilton’s residence on Oct. 8, 2011, all in relatively poor health and kept in extremely dirty crates. Fourteen of the dogs were in good enough condition to be saved, and were taken immediately to a veterinarian’s office.

Following a tip, King County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers raided Hamilton’s residences and rescued the dogs, which had been living in dirty animal carriers covered in feces and hair.

“This was a very quick and coordinated effort by all involved”, said Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer at the time. “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.

Here are photos of the rescued dogs taken by Scott Schaefer in October:

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2 Responses to “Burien Dog Hoarder Charged with Animal Cruelty”
  1. dog boarding Harrison TN says:

    Dogs, even though they do not possess the same intellect as man does, are still worthy of a shelter to promote health and wellness. The dogs that were rescued in the story were really pitiful, and too good the case was immediately apprehended. Thank you for the helpful post to help keep the people aware of the laws.

  2. Joe Wills says:

    I was told that some of these same dogs are being housed by CARES in the smelly nasty place they call a shelter!! so who is going to step up and charge Debra George with Animal cruelty??? After what I saw at the current place and what my wife saw at the Temp shelter in the alley. (The cats were in dirty boxes and smelled of pee).

    Debra George is no better than Mrs Hamilton, only thing different is our city (Mie Martin) is paying her to do this with our money.

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