Burien Dog Hoarder Charged with Animal Cruelty
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: