Burien Dog Hoarder Pleads ‘Guilty’ to Two Counts of Animal Cruelty Tuesday

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Margaret Ann Hamilton, a dog show judge and breeder, plead ‘Guilty’ Tuesday (June 5) in King County Superior Court to two counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

King County Prosecutors charged Hamilton with animal cruelty after she hoarded around 100 dogs in poor conditions at homes in Burien and Issaquah in October 2011 (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.

Hamilton will apparently not serve any jail time.

She turned over all but three of her dogs, which are being adopted out.

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8 Responses to “Burien Dog Hoarder Pleads ‘Guilty’ to Two Counts of Animal Cruelty Tuesday”
  1. Cynthia Reid says:

    Can you give us additional info on where the dogs are now and if there are still some available for adoption?

    • Rebecca says:

      Many of the dogs are being adopted by their foster parents or going to friends and family of the foster parents. I am fostering one of the three that she is supposed to keep, but I’m hoping she’ll let me buy the dog from her.

      • Cynthia Reid says:

        By “she” do you mean the woman that was charged? She’s actually getting some of the pups back?

        • Rebecca says:

          Margaret Hamilton is getting three dogs back. They will not be spayed or neutered – she is still planning to breed dogs. The dog that I am fostering is one that will be going back to Ms. Hamilton. This dog has a heart murmur that will likely be passed on to her pups. I doubt Margi Hamilton is planning to tell buyers that the dogs are likely to have congenital heart problems.

  2. Theresa Redfern says:

    How is it that she will not serve time in jail?!?!? It seems like the perfect punishment, considering the crime.

  3. tripC says:

    Perhaps sentencing her to spend time working at our local animal control facility would be a good fit. I hear they could use the help. What has our system of justice come to?

    • Rebecca says:

      I just wish she were banned from owning animals and required to get psychological help. It breaks my heart that this sweet little dog has to be returned to the horrible life she was living with Margi.

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