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4 comments:

Animal Lover said…
Do not buy pets at Sierra Fish & Pet they buy ALL their puppies from puppy mills in the mid-west!
May 15, 2009 11:51 AM
Animal Lover said…
LIST OF PUPPY MILLERS GIVING TO PET STORES!!!Sierra Fish & Pets -Broker – JAMES & CYNTHIA HAYES
Breeders – (used through the broker) Probably USDA registered
Kent & Laura Hiemstra
Mike Decker
Judy Hakeneis Avoca, Minnesota
Terry & Renae Schuiteman
John & Judy Maassen
Jerry & Pat Koedam
John & Darla Mantel
Kat Schaefer, aka Kathy Lyn Borden
Sharon Vedugt
Gary & Linda Alexander
May 15, 2009 11:55 AM
Animal Lover said…
TO ALL THOSE COMMENTING ON SIERRA FISH & PET
I am an experienced animal advocate and puppy mill investigator. My work is sanctioned by the HSUS, the ASPCA, BEST FRIENDS, LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS and CAPS, I have also worked with law enforcement on animal cruelty cases. I think it is great that those posting probably really do care about animals and we really appreciate that, we need more like you. Having said that, please pay close attention; this is quick course in puppy mills. We are not telling you this in a disparaging way, we just think the facts are critically important to this discussion:
First of all Sierra Fish & Pets is not a puppy mill, the y are a pet store that buys their puppies from puppy mills and if a pet store is not offering rescues, their dogs are coming from puppy mills. This is indisputable as responsible breeders DO NOT SELL TO PET STORES! SF&P work with a broker that is located in Iowa. Through this broker, whom also owns a puppy mill, puppies are purchased from other mills. The majority of SF&P puppies are purchased from Iowa, the rest, from other midwest states, or the “puppy mill belt of the US.” How do we know? Because we have investigated them. We have spoken with the owner of SF&P, and he does not have photos of where the puppies are coming from, in fact, he admitted, “he did not realize any of this.”
Further, in terms of breeding facilties, USDA licensed and inspected DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE NOT A PUPPY MILL. The definition of a puppy mill is a “breeding facility that breeds for profit,” that is it, and they are legal. They are not always dirty facilities, some are clean, nevertheless, they are what we consider prisons. Do you think your dog would like to live it’s life in a cage? We don’t. According to the Animal Welfare Act, which is the only law enforced by the USDA, dogs may be confined 24/7, with no exercise, (only an “exercise plan” is necessary and this cannot be enforced.) They may have as many as 12 dogs per cage, with an allowed space of 6″ beyond each dogs measurement. Also, there are 10,000 facilities that are monitored by the USDA and only 70 investigators. They are not mandated to go to a breeding facility twice a year, and in MOST CASES, do not. They don’t have the man-power. Next, “papers” do not guarantee purebreed or anything else. Most of the time they are falsified and inaccurate. For $25., the AKC will give you your “papers”, and are not able to verify any of the information.
The most unfortunate part of this puppy mill primer is that pet stores can say anything they want because they do not have to be accountable to anyone. There is no oversight whatsoever, and store owners can tell customers anything without worry of any harm. It has been going on for decades. Not only does the public fall victim to the lies, but well-intentioned, animal-loving store-employees fall victim as well. That is why store protests are occurring across the country and the movement is growing. For this reason, for the first time, store-owners will have to be accountable for their lies.
One last item, to dispel the myth about rescues vs. store-bought dogs. 30% of all dogs available in rescue are purebreeds. And, dogs purchased in pet stores come from puppy mills and as a result, more often than not, come with horrific health problems. I won’t go into stats, but it’s a fact.
Thank you for caring. Please Google puppy mills, and learn the real truth.
May 15, 2009 11:56 AM
Animal Lover said…
Hundreds of Heartbroken Puppy Buyers Seek To Join Petland Class Action Lawsuit
March 23, 2009
This is just one of the many puppy mills investigators visited which supply puppies to Petland stores. © The HSUS
Following an announcement March 17 of a nationwide lawsuit against Petland Inc. and The Hunte Corporation, hundreds of people have contacted The Humane Society of the United States to tell their heartbreaking stories of purchasing dogs they were told came from good breeders. The lawsuit accuses the pet trade giants of conspiring to sell unhealthy puppy mill dogs to the public.
“Our staff has been swamped with calls,” said Kathleen Summers, director of the Stop Puppy Mills campaign. “Many of the stories would bring tears to your eyes. I just spoke to a woman whose husband purchased a Petland puppy for her on Valentine’s Day. The puppy started coughing as soon as she came home from the store. The puppy has been diagnosed with lung and heart problems and has been hospitalized for the past several days. The family is not sure their puppy will survive. What should have been a heartwarming story for this couple is turning into heartbreak.”
A number of callers reported spending up to $10,000 on veterinary bills to treat their dogs’ infectious diseases or congenital defects. Others said their puppies died shortly after purchase.
Take Action, Shop Smart
Did you buy a puppy you believe may have come from a puppy mill? Tell us your story.Donate to help stop puppy mills.How to avoid buying a puppy mill dog.
Spreading the Word
In the days following the news of the lawsuit, The HSUS’ Stop Puppy Mills social networking groups saw a surge in membership; the campaign’s Facebook group grew by more than 5,600 members and its MySpace group grew by more than 300 members. The Facebook petition to tell Petland to stop selling puppies had more than 460,000 signatures as of March 23, showing that this issue has struck a chord with hundreds of thousands of animal advocates on the Web.
Making the Case
The lawsuit, filed in federal court March 16, alleges that Petland and mass commercial broker The Hunte Corporation are violating federal and state laws by misleading customers across the country into believing the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders, when in fact many of them come from commercial dog producers known as puppy mills.
“They assured me she was not from a puppy mill because she had a pedigree,” said one caller who had purchased her puppy in Florida. “Later I found out she was from a broker in Oklahoma.”
Puppy mills are commercial-breeding facilities that raise dogs in shockingly poor conditions, placing profit and a low overhead above the health of breeding dogs and their puppies. The dogs are often kept in wire cages, stacked on top of each other, with no exercise, socialization, veterinary care, or loving human interaction. After their fertility wanes, the breeding animals are destroyed or discarded.
Petland continues to deny it supports these substandard breeding facilities, and claims to follow “Humane Care Guidelines” developed in conjunction with the U.S. Government. However, the USDA recently informed The HSUS in writing that it has no record of any such guidelines.
Tell Us Your Story
Consumers who have purchased sick puppies from Petland can contact The HSUS by filling out an online form at humanesociety.org/puppymillstory.
May 15, 2009 12:01 PM

All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”

All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”:
February 27th, 2008:
“Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea
Wags And Wiggles-Renee Roske (Seattle)
http://seattle.citysearch.com/review/37537077
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/260/RipOff0260602.htmJanuary 18th, 2009:
155 dogs seized in Snohomish Co. puppy mill raid:
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_011809WAB-puppy-mill-raid-snohomish-SW.8025892.html
Officers raid puppy mill, ‘astounded’ by filth:
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37796254.htmlMore than 150 dogs seized from Gold Bar home:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=322934Raw: Dogs seized in Snohomish County raid:
http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=322894

Dogs seized from Sultan puppy mill:
http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/18/sultan_puppy_mill_raided.html

January 19th, 2009:
155 Sick, Matted Dogs Seized From House:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18511859/detail.html

VIDEO: ‘Puppy Mill’ Discovered In Gold Bar:
http://www.kirotv.com/video/18511706/index.htmlMore locations raided in puppy mill crackdown:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=323233Rescued pups begin recovery process:
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37853374.htmlJanuary 21st, 2009:
Nearly 200 Dogs Taken From Mount Vernon Puppy Mills:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18535092/detail.html?taf=seaAssessor’s on Sundberg property where 400 dogs were found-
http://www.skagitcounty.net/Common/Asp/Default.asp?d=Assessor&c=Search&a=ParcelSearch&p=Results.asp&st=parcelid&sv=P100738&pn=1

Dozens of dogs rescued from Skagit County kennels:
http://www.komonews.com/news/38127669.html

Hundreds of dogs confiscated today in 2 neglect cases:
http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/hundreds_of_dogs_confiscated_today_in_2_neglect_cases/

January 22nd, 2009:
Neighbors complain about alleged puppy mill:
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012209WAB-puppy-mill-folo-SW.1d780884.html

Puppy Mill Bust:
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/us_world/Puppy_Mill_Bust_All__National_.html

Dogs seized in kennel raids:
http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/authorities_shut_down_kennel_operations_seize_dogs/

Hundreds of dogs rescued from puppy mills:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=324167

January 23rd, 2009:

308 more dogs seized from alleged puppy mill:

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_012309WAB-puppy-mill-more-seizures-TP.22bd4ff1.html

More dogs seized from alleged Skagit County puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/23/more_dogs_seized_from_alleged.html

Skagit, Snohomish kennel operations have family connections:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/skagit_snohomish_kennel_operations_have_family_connections/

Remainder of dogs seized from Little Mountain kennel:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/remainder_of_dogs_to_be_seized/

300 more dogs rescued from Skagit County kennel:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38258594.html

January 24th, 2009:

600 rescued dogs and 80% are pregnant:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008665665_puppies24m.html

300 more dogs seized in animal cruelty investigation:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090124/NEWS01/701249958

Rescued dogs pregnant with 1,500 puppies:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38281439.html

January 25th, 2009:

Outrage after kennel raids is no surprise:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/outrage_after_kennel_raids_is_no_surprise/

January 26th, 2009:

Task Of Caring For Dogs Multiplies As Puppies Born:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18569236/detail.html

Ken Schram: The humane thing to do:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38334744.html

Cost of caring for seized dogs overwhelming: http://www.komonews.com/news/38429594.html

Bellingham businesses accept donations for Skagit County dogs:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/769311.html

January 27th, 2009:

Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea

VIDEO: Police raid puppy mill, find dead, sick animals:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/159787.asp

VIDEO: Details on two suspected puppy mills:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/160570.asp

Puppy mill investigation started with tip from friend:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090127/NEWS01/701279848&news01ad=1#Puppy.mill.investigation.started.with.tip.from.friend

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38505869.html

One woman, 483 heartbreaks:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38509179.html

January 27th, 2009:

County commissioners could act against dog-breeding operation:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/county_commissioners_could_act_against_dog_breeding_operation/

January 28th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2009:

Heads should roll in cruelty case
The front-page story exposing the latest evils in yet another Skagit County puppy mill makes one wish that the stocks and public whippings still remained available to the courts for punishing evildoers.
One would find a certain satisfaction in spitting in the faces of the people who let a Chihuahua’s toenails grow so long that they punctured its footpads.
More satisfaction would sing with every lash of a whip laid on the rear ends of those who — for profit — jam dogs together in tiny boxes; keep them pregnant; starve them; make them wallow in their own excrement; and let them die of untreated diseases brought on by malnutrition, overcrowding, filth and constant birthings.
And what about the county officials who for years ignored the county’s ordinances and neighbors’ complaints against this puppy mill, an unlicensed kennel? And what about starving the animal-control enforcement program for years?
Perhaps being jammed into a tiny box for a few days without potty and provender might make funding and executing the laws against cruelty to animals become the passion it should and must be.
John (Jack) de Yonge
Concrete

Puppies getting help from Anacortes community:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppies_getting_help_from_anacortes_community/

Things you should know before you buy a puppy:

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/38575947.html

January 29th, 2009:

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels: Here is a news link to a Portland, Oregon tv news station that I was quoted in. In this article I am referred to as “Shelly”.:

http://www.katu.com/home/related/38505869.html

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/01/29/puppy_mills.html

Charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38664217.html

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 29, 2009:

Dogs’ treatment reprehensible
It is with mixed emotions that I read the article concerning the two-county puppy mill operation that was put out of “business” in the recent “sting” operation. The reporter should be commended on a concise, orderly and objective presentation of the facts. Grisly is too kind a word to start this article; it was most polite. It was sad to see those defenseless animals being subjected to wretched conditions and treated in a way that is reprehensible, cruel and unthinkable to any human being with a scintilla of conscience.
To refer to the book of Genesis: When God commanded Adam and Eve to take dominion over the Earth and all the creatures upon it, God was not referring to exploiting them for profit; they were to be caregivers. Even common sense tells us that this type of behavior is unacceptable. What sort of “Pig-God” do these unfeeling “people” pray to?
I am glad to see the outpouring of help and compassionate care from the veterinarians and animal caregivers — such as the Skagit/Snohomish Humane Society and N.O.A.H. — and the many volunteers — both individually and collectively — who rescued and are humanely caring for the defenseless animals.
These animals would have otherwise faced a fate that is unthinkable to anyone with an ounce of compassion. My concern is, how many more of these puppy mill operations are out there that we do not know about, and how can they be stopped?
Too bad we cannot subject these “human beings” to the same punishment that they have inflicted upon man’s best friend.
Timothy T. Donovan
Mount Vernon

Take action against dog owners
As an animal lover and a registered voter, I feel we all must insist that action be taken immediately. Those who are responsible for the cruelty and death of the animals recently in Skagit and Snohomish counties should be in jail. They should be prosecuted to the maximum, which is, in my opinion, not strict enough.
They should not be allowed to be out free where they can run and start again somewhere else. I am appalled that they are not in jail — preferably one that is outside, with no heat, no blankets, no water, no food and no bathroom facilities. Those of us who are human need to insist that the law take these inhuman monsters and put them away for a very long time.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley

Can check charities at Web site
While reading the stomach-churning article about the animal rescue efforts by the good people from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, SPOT and the Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, I reached for my checkbook.
Then I checked Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT) on Charitable Solicitations and Trusts on the secretary of state’s Web site. I was very pleased to note that SPOT shows 93 percent of its total expenses to program services during the year reported. The donations are also tax deductible.
The secretary of state’s site is very useful when deciding where your charitable dollar should go. The site is easy to use, and there is human help available. Tax forms from the charity are also available. I clicked on Animal-Related Activities. There are many more charitable categories from which to choose.
Deanna Wagner
Sedro-Woolley

Of nature, animal mistreatment
Regarding animal abuse:
The Jan. 11 “ropin’ and ridin’” photo inspired some research on the Internet. When asked if roping calves hurts the animal, Keith Martin, executive director of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, said publicly: “Do I think it hurts the calf? Sure I do. I’m not stupid.”
Doesn’t that put roping calves under intentional harm?
Also, the Jan. 22-23 puppy mill bust warrants a bravo to all those who made the rescue possible, including volunteers, law enforcement and numerous organizations. The service they do is of the highest form.
Mahatma Gandhi stated, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Thousands of years ago, humanity used to feel connected to all facets of nature — animals, plants and minerals. That was when humanity believed goodness resided at the core of one’s being, but that way of being was destroyed over a period of hundreds of years. There’s a long history covering why humans chose to separate from the natural world, cursing their own nature in the process.
That history is worth the time of research because, I believe, it explains why humans feel out of touch, separated, cut off and alienated from the very best part of being human — an integrated personhood. Maybe if humans felt more connected to nature, animals, plants and minerals, we wouldn’t have to belittle the innocent for the sake of entertainment, cowardly acts and profit.
Will we ever grow up?
Caroline Seibert
Mount Vernon

Of puppy mills, lax officials
Regarding the reporting of the great number of puppies found to be in abominable conditions within the authority of our regulations:
First, how anyone could treat them so terribly and illegally is unconscionable.
Second, since that is clearly against the law, why has it been allowed to exist? The operation of these “puppy mills” has been reported to the authorities for some time. Why was nothing done?
You can only realize that your elected officials are not doing their job. From the animal regulation, the police department and our representatives, it is clear that is the case. This is just an example of the lack of attention our regulative authorities have for their jobs.
Remember this at election time.
John Spence
Mount Vernon

Who foots bill for care of dogs seized from kennels?:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/who_foots_bill_for_care_of_dogs_seized_from_kennels/

Animal cruelty charges, lawsuit filed in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/animal_cruelty_charges_filed_in_kennel_case/

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=326822

January 30th, 2009:

Animal Cruelty Charges For Kennel Owners:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18599053/detail.html

Ken’s E-mails: I need to be put down?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38709547.html

January 31st, 2009:

Another suspected puppy mill raided:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38752932.html

The Olympian:

Thumbs down for puppy mills.
Police have seized nearly 600 dogs from two puppy mills in Snohomish and Skagit counties. Overwhelmed animal shelters have discovered that about 80 percent of the animals are pregnant. According to court documents, the Gold Bar operation made millions of dollars a year selling the puppies — mostly Chihuahuas, shih tzus, poodles, Yorkshire terriers and so-called designer dogs. At the time of the raids, police said the dogs looked sick, had matted fur, were standing in their own feces and had been left without food and water. Fortunately, people have stepped forward with food and cash to help animal shelters cope with the influx of hundreds of sick dogs

February 2nd, 2009:

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012909WAB-puppy-mill-charges-filed-SW.17012375.html?btm

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2, 2009:

Hold dog owners accountable
We have all seen the pictures and read the articles. The Seattle Times (Jan. 24) ran a headline “600 rescued dogs — and 80 percent are pregnant.” The sad situation is not new and only gets worse.
There is enough blame to go around, including for the city, county and state. It all started with greedy and uncaring individuals who should be held accountable. Thank goodness for the Humane Society, S.P.O.T., N.O.A.H. and local veterinarians, plus the many volunteers who are working hard to make a difference! It breaks my heart to see what has been done to innocent and helpless animals.
I realize there are worldwide issues (war, hunger, etc.), but it seems to me that we need to start looking at things in our own area and put pressure on our local officials to bring an end to this out-of-control situation.
Anna Mae Kinkade
Mount Vernon

Justice for puppy mill owners
There are some people whose rights I just do not care about at all: Those who hurt women, those who hurt children and those who deliberately hurt animals.
That is just what these people who run the puppy mills in Snohomish and Mount Vernon have done. They have deliberately hurt those poor puppies! I saw one puppy that was in obvious pain and was limping because of a hurt leg or paw. I saw another puppy that will have to have his eye removed because it was damaged beyond repair.
The best justice — the only justice — would be for these people to be put in a cage no longer and no wider than the one those poor pups were in. They should also be given the exact same amount of food that they gave those puppies and be forced to live in their own feces just like those puppies did. That is the justice they deserve!
Brian Hill
Mount Vernon

February 4th, 2009:

Gold Bar-area couple charged in puppy mill case:
They are accused of mistreating nearly 160 dogs:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090204/NEWS01/702049939#Gold.Bar-area.couple.charged.in.puppy.mill.case

Felony charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_020409WAB-puppy-mill-charges-sw.1c5ab12b.html?npc

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 4, 2009:

Need better animal protection
I am pleased to see that so many writers to the Skagit Valley Herald have been so outspoken about the puppy mills in our county and Snohomish County.
The treatment exposed by the articles is deplorable. So is the lack of legal means to bring the operators of these puppy mills to justice. There are apparently carefully worded restrictions and guidelines that have to be used in order to bring these people to justice.
Where are the lawmakers? They are in the same corner as those who craft guidelines to allow rodeos in the county. I wrote a letter to the Skagit Valley Herald in the summer protesting the abuse of the animals. I was assured by one writer that the animals were well cared for. Mrs. Sundberg said that they loved their puppies. I have to wonder.
Caroline Siebert, take note that the “calf picture” was one of the Skagit Valley Herald’s best!
Martha Williamson
Burlington

February 5th, 2009:

Couple to pay $72k for care of seized dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39177047.html

More charges filed in dog-breeding operations:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/more_charges_filed_in_dog_breeding_operations/

February 6th, 2009:

Kennel in puppy mill probe has long, troubled history:

Secret rooms and previous brushes with officials come to light in county documents.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090206/NEWS01/702069898#Kennel.in.puppy.mill.probe.has.long.troubled.history.

February 7th, 2009:
Senate bill would regulate kennels:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_bill_would_regulate_kennels/

February 8th, 2009:

Community chips in to help rescued dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090208/NEWS01/702089877

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8, 2009:

Puppy outrage; what of babies?
Outright abuse of puppies at the Little Mountain property is an atrocity that sickens me, and my hope is that the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. What amazes me is the attention our local paper has extended to this matter with daily front-page coverage for more than a week and the all-out support from members of our community. Understandable.
But where is the same cry of outrage when it comes to the wholesale slaughter and torture of our unborn children? What of the atrocities committed daily in our country against our tiniest, most helpless citizens in the name of “freedom of choice”?
Will we ever see the front pages demanding an explanation for cruelty and mistreatment that occurs during an abortion? Will we ever hear the public crying out for justice when it comes to safety for the lives of babies in the womb? When will human life be honored enough that the execution of innocents will be seen for what it is — murder and death, the result of substantial and unjustifiable physical pain inflicted on the lives of infants in utero.
Our government claims to protect women’s health and reproductive freedom, as the people protest that no one has the right to intrude on our most private family matters. Under the guise of protecting women, our government is funding (our tax dollars at work) and authorizing the destruction of 500,000 “little women” every year by authorizing the destruction of 1 million little human beings every year!
Killing our children is killing our children — no matter how many times you say, “It is a private family matter.”
Carolyn Nichols
Mount Vernon

Throw book at kennel owners
I have found the reports of the puppy mills extremely disturbing. I say throw the book at these people. The kennel operators definitely should not have the option of getting their dogs back. Nor should they be allowed to run a kennel or even own a pet again for that matter.
Fine them. Jail them, and have them suffer as the animals that were depending on them did. Make them pay all incurred expenses and cage them to live in their own feces for awhile.
It is time we quit slapping the wrists of heartless human beings who abuse and neglect animals. It is time we show them that animals have rights, too.
Darlene Honea
Burlington

February 9th, 2009:

Lawmakers consider bill targeting puppy mills:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39342082.html

Here is where you can watch the legislative hearings on the “Puppy Mill Bill”, from yesterday, February 9th, 2009.:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfmccode=M&bhcp=1&CFID=2281514&CFTOKEN=73734744

Pet abuse deserves more punishment:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/letters/story/789403.html

February 10th, 2009:

New Law Would Regulate Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18677601/detail.html

Article in the Skagit Valley Herald newspaper, for Marjorie and Richard Sundberg. The Sundberg’s DID NOT show up in court this morning, on February 10th, 2009, in Skagit County, Mt. Vernon, Washington. Now they can be arrested.

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/warrant_issued_for_dog_owners_arrest/

Arrest warrant issued for woman charged in puppy mill case:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/10/arrest_warrant_issued_for_woma.html

Accused puppy mill owners a no show in court:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

Stop inhumane puppy mills in Washington state:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008730289_opinb11paul.html

Arrest warrant issued for woman in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021009WAB-puppy-mill-arraign-sw.1e6b0f7.html

VIDEO: State Lawmakers Considering Crackdown On Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18683216/index.html

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090211/NEWS01/702119785

Another dog confiscation case goes to court:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/another_dog_confiscation_case_goes_to_court/

Prosecutor: Accused puppy mill owner had filed for court delay:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

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February 11th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs

By Jackson Holtz
Herald Writer

EVERETT — Custody of the nearly 160 dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill near Gold Bar was turned over to the Everett Animal Shelter on Monday.

The dogs that were seized by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers Jan. 16 won’t be ready for adoption for at least a month, officials said.

First, the dogs will undergo careful evaluation by a veterinarian, Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. The city operates the shelter.

Dogs requiring specialized care will be transferred to breed-­specific rescue groups, Reardon said. The remaining dogs, about 100, will be placed in foster homes where the animals’ temperament and other traits will be tested in a home environment.

“All the foster families that are going to be reached out to in this effort are approved, trained. They know how to do this,” Reardon said.

Once ready, the city plans to host an adoption event where anyone interested can apply and may go home with a pet.

The selection process is being worked out.

“If you’re not on a list somewhere, don’t worry, there will be time, I promise,” she said.

The dogs’ former owners failed to meet a Friday deadline to post more than $72,000 worth of bonds or to petition a court to prevent the dogs’ transfer.

The couple who lived in the Gold Bar-area home where the dogs were found were charged in Everett District Court last week with six counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s officials say the Gold Bar-area dogs are connected to Renee Roske and Mary Anne Holleman, two sisters who ran a Snohomish kennel. The puppy mill investigation lead officials from the sisters’ business to a Mount Vernon-area kennel run by their mother, Marjorie Sundberg.

Skagit County sheriff’s officials seized around 450 dogs from Sund­berg’s home.

Sundberg was charged in Skagit County Jan. 29 with four counts of animal cruelty. She failed to appear in court Tuesday for her arraignment.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, jholtz@heraldnet.com.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 11, 2009:

Voice opposition to puppy mills
Recently, 443 small dogs were impounded from one puppy mill in Skagit County. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley volunteers and staff have been personally affected by the mental and physical state of these animals. Although, true to the nature of dogs, their capacity to forgive and love is still strong. It is amazing after a life of abuse how hard these little dogs are trying to learn to give back to us.
Your voice of opposition to these puppy mills is needed now! Here’s what you can do:
• Contact your local prosecutor’s office, and urge officials to consider first-degree cruelty charges. Currently, only four second-degree charges have been filed, which are misdemeanors.
• Let everyone know the horrible “truth” behind that cute little puppy for sale in a pet shop window — how the mother has suffered to bring you that pup.
• Please continue to volunteer for cleaning and care of all of the animals at the shelter. We need your ongoing help.
• If you are good at writing, send a letter every month to the editor, TV stations and whomever else offers this service. Be persistent.
• Call your legislators. Urge them to support Senate Bill 5651, which would regulate dog kennels to prevent puppy mills and assure humane housing and living conditions. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley does not support the enclosure specifications included in the bill; however, there is more right than wrong with Senate Bill 5651. It is definitely a start in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and volunteered. Keep it up, especially since it could be a long battle. We have started strong, and let’s finish strong!
Sandy Nelson, director
Humane Society of Skagit Valley
Burlington

February 12th, 2009:

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/12/puppy_mills_1.html

Couple charged with felony counts in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/couple_charged_with_felony_counts_in_kennel_case/

More charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39528242.html

Bill aims to regulate puppy mills:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/feb/12/bill-aims-regulate-puppy-mills/

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

February 13th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

PUPPY MILLS

Deplorable acts need punishing

I’m not surprised to read about cruelty, brutality, and the total absence of compassion in the pursuit of the dollar. Or just for the hell of it. I’d heard of “puppy mills” but never knew exactly what that meant. The gruesome, sickening details and the suffering heaped on the helpless. I know now.

I have always found it impossible to get my mind around how anyone could abuse or neglect a child. Yet they do. We read these things that haunt us all the time. Now the puppy mill where hundreds of dogs are found. Neglected and forgotten, except to churn out puppies to be sold to unsuspecting buyers. Dog lovers.

I am thankful that more than 600 dogs have been rescued from Snohomish and Skagit counties and are now being cared for and are discovering human kindness for the first time. I can only hope that those responsible will be prosecuted. And then, if there is any justice in this world, they will live out their worthless lives in a prison cell. I hold no expectation that they will get what they deserve but we can hold the thought.

One more thing we can do is support the agencies that are caring for these animals with our dollars.

Beverlee Bowman Price
Edmonds

“Love Sucks,” a comedy show to benefit rescued puppy-mill dogs:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/musicnightlife/2008738397_zmus13lovesucks.html

Deplorable acts need punishing:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090213/OPINION02/702139984

Furry Friends Festival to benefit dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/younews/39600037.html

February 14th, 2009:

Charges added in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090214/NEWS01/702149942

February 15th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15, 2009:

Pet buyers have responsibility
Many of us are sickened and enraged by the huge puppy mills recently raided by law enforcement. These dogs lived in conditions that would be illegal for chickens, but there are no state or federal regulations to protect them.
I did a little research and discovered there are thousands of greedy dog breeders in this country, only caring about profit. Kudos to our county for working to do something to change things here.
But these kennels wouldn’t be in business if no one bought their mass-produced pets. The pet-buying public has a responsibilty here: Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Responsible breeders want to meet you and check you out. They would never ship puppies off to a store.
Don’t buy a sickly puppy because you feel sorry for it and want to rescue it. You are buying heartache and vet bills for yourself, and perpetuating the cruelty. Report sickly puppies to your humane society or local rescue group.
Never buy a pet on an impulse. Dogs can live 10 to 18 years. Are you willing to make that commitment?
Always see where the puppy was raised and meet its parents. If you think that is too much trouble, you have no business buying a dog. Check out the Humane Society for more information.
Jan Gordon
Bow

February 16th, 2009:

Seized pups gaining weight, confidence:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39693182.html

Animal shelter robbed of dog and cat food:

http://www.king5.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=333255

February 17th, 2009:

Shelter caring for puppy mill dogs to hold fundraiser:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021709WAB-puppy-mill-costs-SW.26e73ab3.html?btm

Link to Animal Festival on Saturday 02/21/09:

http://www.furryfriendsfestival.com/

Puppy mill dogs putting financial drain on animal shelters:

http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=333177

Raw: Latest video of rescued puppy mill dogs:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=333125

See the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” & Help Rescued Puppies!:

http://www.komonews.com/news/preview/39742232.html

World’s Toughest Rodeo presents ‘Toughest Cowboy’:

http://www.comcastarenaeverett.com/MainArena/Events/General.ashx?p=65&69_evntdt=640&69_evnt=448
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17, 2009:

‘Rescue’ next dog from shelter
As a local pet groomer, I see evidence of puppy mill dogs and unhealthy or misrepresented dogs way too much. Usually the owner is quick to defend that “The woman was so nice and really cared.” That they “rescued” the dog … for a steep price or the dog is a “rare breed.” Some of these folks are naive and some are just soft-hearted.
I urge these folks to use their soft hearts to please rescue a pet from an overcrowded shelter the next time instead of encouraging these puppy mills to pump out litter after litter for pure profit, especially at a time of people losing their homes. I have on many occasions had to report suspected puppy mills only to later hear from neighbors that “they just don’t open their door” for the officer. They laugh at the law.
Every dog that I have ever owned has been a shelter or rescue dog and I’d like to think that they appreciate the second chance at life. There will never be enough homes, especially with the many loopholes in our legal system that continue to allow these people to profit at the expense of these helpless animals. I see a slap on the wrist coming on! The greed is well worth it to the puppy mill operators. I am pleading for our local prosecutors to throw a library of books at these “people.” We have to speak up for the helpless now.
Germaine Kornegay
Burlington

February 18th, 2009:

“Anyone who has done business with Wags ’n’ Wiggles or owner Renee Roske – purchasing a puppy, for example – is asked to e-mail detectives at puppyinvestigation@snoco.org and describe their experience,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said this afternoon.

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

Customers help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/902189961

Puppy mills and puppy bills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/18/puppy_mills_and_puppy_bills.html

February 19th, 2009:

Dog buyers’ help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090219/NEWS01/702199885

Dog custody, cost issues yet to be resolved in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/dog_custody_cost_issues_yet_to_be_resolved_in_kennel_case/

February 20th, 2009:

Kennel owner says she is a ‘reputable dog breeder’:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_says_she_is_a_reputable_dog_breeder/

February 21st, 2009:

Fundraiser to help dogs seized recently: ARTICLE:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090221/LIVING/702219966

Fundraiser today for dogs rescued from puppy mills:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=334611

February 23rd, 2009:

Reputed puppy mill thrived despite a history of trouble:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008774191_puppy23m.html

February 24th, 2009:

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

Oregon weighs law targeting puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/oregon_weighs_law_targeting_pu.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Oregon puppy mill hearing draws huge crowd:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/401220_puppymill25.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

February 25th, 2009:

Man with 160 dogs ‘didn’t know it was illegal’:
The couple charged with running an alleged puppy mill make their first appearance in court.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090225/NEWS01/702259731

Puppy-mill operators should pay for sick animals:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2008782074_editb25puppy.html

February 26th, 2009:

Accused puppy mill owners plead not guilty:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40394992.html

Not guilty plea in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_022609WAB-puppy-mill-sundberg-plea-SW.7289038.html

Kennel owners enter not guilty pleas:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_enter_not_guilty_pleas/
Kids pitch in to help rescued dogs:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=336482

February 27th, 2009:

Gold Bar couple deny they’re responsible for kennel’s condition – pair say they were duped by owners:‏
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090227/NEWS01/702279842&news01ad=1#Gold.Bar.couple.deny.theyre.responsible.for.kennels.condition

Kennel owners plead not guilty to 10 charges:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_plead_not_guilty_to_10_charges/

February 28th, 2009:

Bill to stop puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/28/bill_to_stop_puppy_mills.html

March 1st, 2009:

Vets go extra mile for puppy mill dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40514182.html

March 3rd, 2009:

PUPPY MILL:

There are many unanswered questions:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090303/OPINION02/703039988

March 4th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs/

Puppy mill dogs could be up for adoption soon:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html?btm

Seized dogs finally up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40755577.html

Skagit Couple Forfeits More Than 400 Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18856652/detail.html

March 5th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs

SeattleInsider: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SeattleInsider Hangs With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’s’ 1,500 Pound Bull:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866172/index.html

SeattleInsider: Q & A With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’ Bullfighter:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866295/index.html

Puppy mill dogs getting ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/north/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

DENIED!: Owner of alleged puppy mill loses kennel license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090305/NEWS01/703059876

March 6th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 6, 2009:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/letters_to_the_editor_march_6_2009/

Thanks for supporting S.P.O.T.
S.P.O.T. would like to thank all of you for your tremendous support, tangible and monetary donations during the recent puppy mill raids. The outpouring of support has been phenomenal. And the donations keep rolling in! From Skagit County to Texas to Ontario, donations are pouring in from all over the United States and Canada.
From the 9-year-old who, instead of gifts for herself for her birthday, asked her guests to bring gifts and donations for the puppies; to the gentleman who walked from house to house in his neighborhood collecting hundreds and hundreds of dollars in donations; to Palmer’s, Girls Giving Back, Furry Faces Foundation and other groups who raised thousands of dollars at fundraisers they put on to support the dogs from these mills. All of you are wonderful and these dogs are certainly the beneficiaries of your kindness.
We’d also like to thank all of the shelters, rescuers, fosters and volunteers who are taking care of these dogs. They are now in environments that are providing the necessary food, shelter, love and attention that they so desperately need and deserve.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Teresa Steiner
S.P.O.T. president
Bellingham

Animal control let us down
I understand the defendants in the animal abuse charges are making ludicrous claims that the animals were only a hobby and were well taken care of, etc. The actual conditions abnegate those statements, the animals were abused, sick and uncared for. The delay of trial because their attorney is not available is costing the county up to $400 a day and should not be allowed. The culprits should be fined, jailed and their property confiscated at once. The animal control officials are not doing their jobs, when an illegal condition of this magnitude is allowed to last as long as this has. The entire deterioration of the financial situation is caused because adequate control of this type is allowed to exist. My neighbor has jokingly suggested the elected officials should all be subjected to a WASL and morality test before taking offices. Sounds like a good idea.
John Spence
Mount Vernon

65 dogs from alleged puppy mill up for adoption:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/903069972&news01ad=1#65.dogs.from.alleged.puppy.mill.up.for.adoption

Dogs seized from alleged puppy mill available for adoption:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/06/dogs_seized_from_alleged_puppy.html

How To Adopt Dogs Seized In Gold Bar Raid:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18872215/detail.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

65 puppy mill dogs up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40877167.html

Seized dogs fill up shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/703069863

March 7th, 2009:

68 dogs ready for adoption from shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090307/NEWS01/703079940

Letters to the Editor: Skagit Valley Herald:

Rescued dogs were in agony
We volunteer at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and have spent time with the rescued dogs involved in the recent puppy mill busts. Nothing could have prepared us for what we experienced when we were with the rescued dogs. We are quite aware we did not see the worst cases. It was immediately evident by the expressions and body language of every dog that they have been through horror and torture.
We know these are very strong words but they don’t even begin to convey the depth of agony these dogs are in. Some dogs cowered in the corner and when we reached for them or got near them, their entire bodies were shaking and quivering. Some of the dogs were so needy for attention, they continually jumped and were extremely frantic.
We have seen some of the dogs with rotten teeth and others don’t have any teeth at all. Most of the dogs have their vocal chords removed. The absolutely frightened and panicked looks on their faces are unforgettable and will haunt us for years to come.
The dogs do not seem to know anything about human contact. We have seen some stare at their food bowls not able to comprehend what is in there. The pain, misery, sorrow and trauma these animals have had to endure will take a long time to heal if ever.
There is no way to undo the tremendous far-reaching harm and damage caused. The dogs cannot talk, they cannot go to therapy, they cannot do anything except take what is given to them. The dogs are helpless victims. This is a tragic situation that has left each dog in shock. Please check out the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. There are many ways to help. We all owe it to these innocent victims.
Karen Roberts
Sedro-Woolley

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Dogs should not go back
So the kennel owners charged with neglect want the dogs back. Well, I say no! Unfortunately it is not my decision. I can only ask what kind of people are we if this is allowed?
These dogs need love, proper food, and living conditions. I have talked to many in the area about the reported conditions these animals were in. All of the people I have talked with feel the dog owners should not be allowed any contact with the dogs and also feel they should not be allowed to ever own another animal.
Abuse is abuse whether it is toward another human being, an animal or property. If you abuse another human being, you go to prison, if you abuse or destroy property, you are made to pay restitution and serve time. The animals rescued need the same justice. Justice for those that have died, those that have suffered and those still to be born.
Skagit County and its residents needs to stand strong and shout “This kind of abuse will not go unpunished. We will not allow this to continue.” Let us become the voice for God’s creatures who cannot speak for themselves.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley

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March 10th, 2009:

Kennel owner will get some dogs back:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_will_get_some_dogs_back/

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March 11th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_xgr_puppy_mills.html

Senate passes puppy mill bill:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41132937.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/784388.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/827094.html

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March 12th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_passes_bill_cracking_down_on_puppy_mills/

Front porch: Grandmas in local history: They are having a benefit to raise money for the Gold Bar puppies:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090312/NEWS01/703129900

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March 14th, 2009:

Prosecutors given more time to file Gold Bar dog charges:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090314/NEWS01/703149881

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March 17th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 17th, 2009:
March 17th, 2009:

Breeders should live like dogs
It was with great glee when I heard the (alleged) puppy mill owners might get a jail sentence, however in retrospect that is much too good for them. I believe all their property should be confiscated and sold to take care of all the vet bills, etc., that have incurred because of their neglect and they should be put in a cage in a dark basement, fed gruel once a day and left to live in their own feces and urine for the rest of their lives.
The county officials that let this happen should be put in the same situation for a couple of weeks, maybe they would be more serious about doing their job.
No breeder needs more than 10 dogs.
There should be surprise ongoing inspections monthly.
Pet stores should be banned from selling pets; adoptions from shelters should be their priority.
People that abuse animals for the almighty dollar make me sick.
Leilani Erps
Camano Island

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Rodeo collects food for dogs from alleged puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/17/rodeo_collects_dog_food_for_al.html

Foster Care Needed For Rescued Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18950798/detail.html

Rescued puppy mill dogs need homes:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_031709WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-adoption-SW.44dfc4d4.html?btm

Seattle Humane Society Rescues Dogs in Puppy Mill Raid:

http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/news/puppy-mill

See photos of the rescued pups in our care.:

http://seattlehumane.jalbum.net/PuppyMillRescue/

Hear Brenda Barnette’s interview on KOMO 1000 Newsradio.

Consumer man Herb Weisbaum interviews Seattle Humane CEO Brenda Barnette about the difference between puppy mills and reputable breeders.

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‘And I just fell in love with her eyes’:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41408452.html

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March 19th, 2009:
Dogs rescued from puppy mills ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=343523

House Judiciary Committee: Public: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, SSB 5651:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?evid=2009031103&TYPE=V&CFID=3063653&CFTOKEN=17668139&bhcp=1

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March 22nd, 2009:

Adopt from reputable breeders or shelters to avoid puppy mill pets:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/adopt_from_reputable_breeders_or_shelters_to_avoid_puppy_mill_pets/

Stop and think before getting that new puppy!:

http://www.examiner.com/x-4929-Portland-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d22-Stop-and-think-before-getting-that-new-puppy

Raw: Dozens of puppy mill dogs go to new homes:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=344474

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March 23rd, 2009:

The Olympian: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/796216.html

Tacoma-The News Tribune: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/northwest/story/685026.html

The Bellingham Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/842211.html

Skagit Valley Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppy_mill_dogs_adopted_from_everett_shelter/

Dogs from suspected puppy mill meet their new families:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090323/NEWS01/703239912

Puppy mill dogs get new homes:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_032209WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-families-SW.5f81d366.html

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March 24th, 2009:

Breeder wants county to return seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/703249858

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March 26th, 2009:

A MUST WATCH TOMORROW ON FRIDAY MARCH 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time) that is 8:35 p.m. Seattle, WA time.: TV Alert: March 27, ABC’s Nightline will be investigating puppy mills:

http://www.examiner.com/x-5831-NY-Animal-Welfare-Examiner~y2009m3d26-TV-Alert-March-27-ABCs-Nightline-will-be-investigating-puppy-mills

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Did you see the legislative review today? Listen to the whole video, because the legislators take a break, and then come back in with their decisions on these bills. Here is the link: Event Date: March 26, 2009 10:00am

Event Description:
Exec: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, ESSB 5651
Video: http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?EvID=2009030190&CFID=3140763&CFTOKEN=77712911&bhcp=1

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Lawsuit halts return of dogs to kennel owner:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawsuit_halts_return_of_dogs_to_kennel_owners/

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March 28th, 2009:

Seattle Humane Society has more puppy mill rescues up for adoption:

http://www.examiner.com/x-2111-Tacoma-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d28-Seattle-Humane-Society-has-more-puppy-mill-rescues-up-for-adoption

PUPPY MILL:
Kennel owners should have to cover costs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/OPINION02/703289996

County official denies return of dog breeder’s license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/NEWS01/703289926

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April 3rd, 2009:

Skagit County hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=348740

Skagit Co. hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_040309WAB-puppy-mill-lawsuit-TP.9cc20d18.html?btm

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April 6th, 2009:

Missouri tries to shed reputation as ‘puppy mill’:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008993993_apmissouripuppymills.html

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April 11th, 2009:

Dachshund rescued from puppy mill finds home in Birch Bay:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/866810.html

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April 12th, 2009:

Puppy-mill survivor takes to new home:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009025548_rescueddog12m.html

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April 20th, 2009:

Wash. lawmakers approve crackdown on puppy mills:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009089322_apwaxgrpuppymills.html

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April 21st, 2009:

Toledo woman, Theresa Hutton, convicted of mistreating daughter also had a puppy mill:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090421/NEWS03/704219721

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The Everett Herald:

Legislators approve puppy mill crackdown

The Legislature has approved a measure cracking down on dog breeders who operate puppy mills.

Under the bill, dog breeders and owners would be barred from owning more than 50 dogs over 6 months old that are not neutered or spayed.

Anyone who has more than 10 unaltered dogs that spend most of their time in pens must house the dogs in clean and dry conditions. Dogs would have to be provided with food, water and exercise.

The Senate, on a 43-4 vote Monday, sent the measure to Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval.

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April 23rd, 2009:

Breeder in puppy mill investigation sued by dog owner:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090423/NEWS01/704239934

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April 27th, 2009:

Lawmakers didn’t ignore local issues:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawmakers_didnt_ignore_local_issues/

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Theresa Hutton ~ Puppy/Cat Mill (Toledo, WA)

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
June 15, 2007:Murky drinking water, deadly virus found at dog rescue:http://search.komonews.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=Murky+drinking+water
TOLEDO, Wash. – Animal cruelty charges are pending against a horse owner and dog breeder who may now also be in violation of a quarantine involving a deadly disease in Lewis County.The case involves a dozen horses and more than a hundred dogs. Lewis County health officials are checking the property northeast of Toledo.The place calls itself Three Mountains Dog Rescue. The health officers have been here before and found more than 120 dogs in outdoor cages with murky drinking water.Officials found indications that the deadly brucellosis virus may be spreading through the dogs. 41 had to be euthanized, we’re told.Those horses were seized.A quarantine order was slapped on the place because of the dog disease.Lewis County prosecutor Mike Golden is investigating allegations that the property owner brought in more dogs, violating the quarantine.”Potentially the court could order if it finds her in contempt, could order all of those animals be removed,” said Golden. “The fact that she may or may not have too many dogs on the property is one issue. But what really has her in trouble now with the law is that horse. She’s not supposed to have any horses here.””I think it’s horrible. I’m appalled. I think it’s horrible,” said Tonja Nichols, a neighbor. “I know this is the country and people can have animals, but animals have rights and they should be treated well.”We tried and failed to get a response from owner Theresa Hutton. She told us earlier that she doesn’t hurt animals; she rescues them.”It just seems really wrong and unjust,” said Nichols. Animal rights folks see horses that need new homes and dogs that may have been given a death sentence because of what they fear is an unchecked spread of brucellosis.The Lewis County prosecutor will make an animal cruelty charging decision next week.
July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old girl missing from Lewis County home: Video:
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old missing girl located:
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.html” target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.htmlBy JANE MCCARTHY / KING 5 News
Katie HuttonTOLEDO, Wash. – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Dept. on Monday was searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since late Saturday night. Search-and-rescue crews were notified after someone spotted the girl walking along a road Monday evening. Katie Hutton’s mother told Lewis County sheriff’s deputies she and her daughter got into an argument at their Toledo-area home Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, her mother says, Katie and her pink bicycle were gone. She said she looked most of the day before reporting Katie missing just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
Video
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
Katie Hutton missing since Saturday
Katie is very small for a 12-year-old – standing just 3 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 60 pounds. Neighbor Tonja Nichols searched her own five acres for the little girl. “And I obviously didn’t find anything. I’m very upset, my kids are upset. I can’t sleep,” she said. The sheriff says it doesn’t appear Katie has ever run away. There has been stress in the family as of late. Katie’s mother, Theresa, who says she runs a dog rescue, is being investigated for animal neglect. A few weeks ago, police and health officials swept through the property and euthanized 41 dogs with a contagious animal disease called brucellosis. “We were there several times on official business… had nothing to do with child abuse or anything like that, but we were there because of the dogs, and that would heighten someone’s sense of uneasiness,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield. Deputies were hoping leads would come from talking with neighbors and searching the thick woods in case the little girl has simply lost her way.
Allegedly ill-kept dogs seized:
By April Chan The Olympian • Published August 15, 2007
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/191408.html Fifty-four dogs seized from a Toledo home remain under quarantine, Lewis County Animal Services spokeswoman Amy Clark said Wednesday. The dogs were taken after the owner failed to appear in Lewis County District Court to face animal-cruelty charges related to horses on the property. The dogs were living in filthy conditions, and many didn’t have food or clean water, Clark said. Up to 80 dogs were left on the property because the shelter couldn’t accommodate them, she said.Theresa Hutton of Toledo was arrested Aug. 9. She was released Friday on her own recognizance after making her court appearance, prosecutor Michael Golden said. Hutton said she wasn’t aware of the mandatory court appearance. Officers took only small, expensive and rare breeding dogs, Hutton said.“The dogs were fat and healthy except for the two with mange,” she said. Their living area hadn’t been cleaned, and they didn’t have food and water because she was in jail, she said.In April, the state Department of Agriculture placed Hutton’s property under quarantine after veterinarians saw dogs infected with canine brucellosis and traced the disease to her residence, Clark said.County staff has tested animals at the property several times for further infection, and 41 have been euthanized, Hutton said.Hutton is scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 5 to follow up on the three counts against her regarding the horses, Golden said.The charges came about after Lewis County investigators filed a petition regarding 11 horses in her care. The animals reportedly did not have adequate shelter or clean water and were confined for extended periods. Several reportedly had split hooves or overgrown hooves and areas of rot.Hutton’s children are living with a relative as she continues to fight the animal cruelty charges, she said. The relative had reportedly filed a parenting petition after Hutton’s 12-year-old daughter ran away from home. A judge decided there was reason to investigate and has instructed that Hutton can see her children once a week for now.“They just want to come home,” Hutton said of her children. “They ask about how their animals are doing. My 5-year-old has never been away from me. It’s just so traumatizing it’s unbelievable.”

April 15, 2009:
Chehalis Mom On Trial For Starving, Abusing Child: Video included:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/19191894/detail.html
CHEHALIS, Wash. — A Chehalis mother is on trial on charges of criminally mistreating her child.
Charges came after a raid on Theresa Hutton’s property in June 2007 to rescue animals, not children.
More than 40 dogs and two horses bred by Hutton had to be euthanized after contracting a deadly disease while living in filthy conditions.
Prosecutors said Hutton also mistreated her young daughter on the property, forcing her to sleep outside on hay without any blankets, feeding her little and subjecting her to bizarre and painful punishment.
A teacher testified on Wednesday about the girl being very small. Prosecutors said the abuse the girl suffered led to a form of dwarfism.
School staff said they also witnessed her hoarding food.
“In the beginning she would steal food and want to take it home. She was hungry. She would voice that she was hungry,” said school employee Kim Satcher.
The little girl was also responsible for cleaning up pens for a nearly 100 dogs before going to school and would arrive filthy.
“She had a very strong odor. She would often have feces on her,” Satcher said.
The girl, who grew 2 inches and gained 6 pounds in six months after being removed from her mother’s care, also took the stand on Wednesday.
KIRO 7 was asked not to record her testimony, but among other things she said that she hid food from school in trees near her home, that her mom would hit her with rocks and sticks and that once her mom made her dig a hole to bury a horse.
She also said her mother threatened to tie a brick to her leg and throw it in the pond.
The girl testified that she was not allowed to use the bathroom inside and that on the nights she was allowed to sleep inside, she would have to sleep in a closet.
She also said her mom had a form of punishment called the “cockroach” where she would basically do toe touches with straight legs for hours on end.
When asked what would have happened if she would have stayed with her mother, the girl said she probably would have died.

April 21, 2009:
Woman Found Guilty Of Nearly Starving Daughter To Death:
LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. — After little more than an hour of deliberation, a jury found a Lewis County woman guilty on Monday of nearly starving her daughter to death.
Theresa Hutton could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors said Hutton also forced her daughter to sleep outside.
Investigators said they discovered the abuse two years ago when they raided Hutton’s Toledo-area property to seize neglected animals.
Police said the abuse and lack of food caused the girl, now 13, to develop a form of dwarfism.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The Everett Herald: Published: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009:Toledo woman convicted of mistreating daughter:
Associated Press CHEHALIS — A Toledo woman who withheld food and water from her 13-year-old daughter, made her sleep outdoors and care for more than 100 dogs has been convicted of criminal mistreatment.KITI and KELA report it took the Lewis County Superior Court jury less than an hour Monday to return the verdict against Theresa Hutton.Her daughter had run away and weighed less than 60 pounds when she was found.Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes could ask for up to five years in prison when the 35-year-old woman is sentenced later this month in Chehalis.Last summer, Hutton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after a disease led to euthanizing more than 40 dogs she had been raising in what county officials believe was a puppy mill.

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
This woman is a puppy/cat mill. She runs the above ad on CL. Her name is: “Theresa Hutton” and “Katherine Hutton” and “Kristeena Hutton”, and they lives at: 181 – Kinzie Road, Toledo, WA 98591. The animals are all in cages outside of her trailer home. The woman is covered in mud, and animal feces/urine, and is real filthy. The animals have no water or food. She yells at the animals. The cats are all caged together, and climbing up the sides of the pen and screaming! She already had over 100 animals taken from her, and yet she still has many animals being severely neglected!! She also has a current court case regarding this matter. The police said “we can not go beyond her LOCKED GATE without a warrant”. We need to do more to put a stop to this woman, and her neglect and cruelty to these animals!!

There is NO BUSINESS LICENSE and NO KENNEL LICENSE!!
Lewis County Assessor/Treasurer Information for

Parcel #014700026000
Parcel Number: 014700026000
Use Code: 18
Other Residential Parcel Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA
TCA: 510
Owner Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Current Use Flag: No
Owner Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Total Acres: 5.00
Taxpayer Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Partial Legal Description: Section 25 Township 12N Range 01W PT SW4 NE4 LOT 17 CHEHALIS PARK DIV II ROS 5/54 Taxpayer Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Property Values Tax Year Assessed Value Land Value Improvement Value Current Use Land Taxable Value Regular Taxable Value Excess
2009 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2008 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2007 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
2006 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
Sales Sale Date Sale Amount Seller Name Buyer Name Auditor File Number 05/08/1995 $18,000.00 MONSON, CHRISTOPHER M. JOHNSON, STEVE 0650/0219 03/05/2002 $22,000.00 JOHNSON, STEVE HUTTON THERESA 3133438

Here is the court record of civil and criminal charges regarding “Theresa Ann Hutton”:

55 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01330 08-23-2007
56 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01409 09-05-2007
57 Hutton, Theresa Judgment Creditor G H Co Superior 06-9-01439-3 08-18-2006 58 Hutton, Theresa Petitioner G H Co Superior 06-3-00179-6 05-05-2006
59 Hutton, Theresa Respondent Lewis County Dist Y0-H00132 08-18-2000
60 Hutton, Theresa A H/w Defendant Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-00785-1 07-19-1993
61 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000184 07-13-2007
62 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000238 11-19-2007
63 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038075 07-30-2007
64 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038471 10-12-2007
65 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038540 10-01-2007
66 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038878 10-31-2007
67 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039046 10-08-2007
68 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039085 10-01-2007
69 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039100 10-29-2007
70 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039128 10-08-2007
71 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039154 10-22-2007
72 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039157 10-29-2007
73 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039327 11-26-2007
74 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039405 11-20-2007
75 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039409 11-26-2007
76 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis Co Superior 08-1-00491-5 07-25-2008
77 Hutton, Theresa Ann Petitioner Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01477-4 12-07-1998
78 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-00986-0 08-19-1998 79 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01426-0 11-20-1998 80 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 07-3-00256-3 06-20-2007 81 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00071960 11-29-1995
82 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Cowlitz District C03250KE 06-05-1996
83 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00074441 08-25-1998
84 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00077166 11-21-1995
85 Hutton, Theresa Ann (sunshine) Respondent Lewis Co Superior 95-2-01332-3 11-20-1995
86 Hutton, Theresa H/w Plaintiff Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-01179-3 10-21-1993

Animal Planet ~ TRIAL of firemen for murder of Karley

Monday 4-27-09 …Animal Planet Exposes Puppy Mills:
www.network.bestfriends.org/news/print.aspx?np=33658
Family’s dog murdered in front of witnesses, by off duty Fire Dept employee -TRIAL:
http://www.justice4karley.com/

How Could You ~ You Broke My Heart

How Could You ~ You Broke My HeartBy Jim Willis, copyright 2001 When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.Whenever I was”bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” — but then you’d relent, and roll me over for a bellyrub.My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” –still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch — because your touch was now so infrequent — and I would have defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject. I had gone from being “your dog” to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You’ve made the right decision for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family. I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness.You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.” They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with “papers.”You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy! Please don’t let them take my dog!” And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first,whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind — that this was all a bad dream … or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room.She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.”She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself — a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not directed at her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
The EndA note from the author:If “How Could You?” brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and Canadian animal shelters. Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice.Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay and neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.
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All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”

All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”:February 27th, 2008:”Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea——————–
Wags And Wiggles-Renee Roske (Seattle)

http://seattle.citysearch.com/review/37537077

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/260/RipOff0260602.htm

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January 18th, 2009:

155 dogs seized in Snohomish Co. puppy mill raid:

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_011809WAB-puppy-mill-raid-snohomish-SW.8025892.html

Officers raid puppy mill, ‘astounded’ by filth:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37796254.html

More than 150 dogs seized from Gold Bar home:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=322934

Raw: Dogs seized in Snohomish County raid:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=322894

Dogs seized from Sultan puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/18/sultan_puppy_mill_raided.html

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January 19th, 2009:

155 Sick, Matted Dogs Seized From House:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18511859/detail.html

VIDEO: ‘Puppy Mill’ Discovered In Gold Bar:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18511706/index.html

More locations raided in puppy mill crackdown:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=323233

Rescued pups begin recovery process:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37853374.html

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January 21st, 2009:

Nearly 200 Dogs Taken From Mount Vernon Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18535092/detail.html?taf=sea

Assessor’s on Sundberg property where 400 dogs were found-

http://www.skagitcounty.net/Common/Asp/Default.asp?d=Assessor&c=Search&a=ParcelSearch&p=Results.asp&st=parcelid&sv=P100738&pn=1

Dozens of dogs rescued from Skagit County kennels:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38127669.html

Hundreds of dogs confiscated today in 2 neglect cases:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/hundreds_of_dogs_confiscated_today_in_2_neglect_cases/

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January 22nd, 2009:

Neighbors complain about alleged puppy mill:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012209WAB-puppy-mill-folo-SW.1d780884.html

Puppy Mill Bust:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/us_world/Puppy_Mill_Bust_All__National_.html

Dogs seized in kennel raids:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/authorities_shut_down_kennel_operations_seize_dogs/

Hundreds of dogs rescued from puppy mills:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=324167

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January 23rd, 2009:

308 more dogs seized from alleged puppy mill:

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_012309WAB-puppy-mill-more-seizures-TP.22bd4ff1.html

More dogs seized from alleged Skagit County puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/23/more_dogs_seized_from_alleged.html

Skagit, Snohomish kennel operations have family connections:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/skagit_snohomish_kennel_operations_have_family_connections/

Remainder of dogs seized from Little Mountain kennel:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/remainder_of_dogs_to_be_seized/

300 more dogs rescued from Skagit County kennel:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38258594.html

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January 24th, 2009:

600 rescued dogs and 80% are pregnant:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008665665_puppies24m.html

300 more dogs seized in animal cruelty investigation:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090124/NEWS01/701249958

Rescued dogs pregnant with 1,500 puppies:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38281439.html

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January 25th, 2009:

Outrage after kennel raids is no surprise:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/outrage_after_kennel_raids_is_no_surprise/

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January 26th, 2009:

Task Of Caring For Dogs Multiplies As Puppies Born:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18569236/detail.html

Ken Schram: The humane thing to do:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38334744.html

Cost of caring for seized dogs overwhelming:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38429594.html

Bellingham businesses accept donations for Skagit County dogs:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/769311.html
January 27th, 2009:

Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea

VIDEO: Police raid puppy mill, find dead, sick animals:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/159787.asp

VIDEO: Details on two suspected puppy mills:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/160570.asp

Puppy mill investigation started with tip from friend:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090127/NEWS01/701279848&news01ad=1#Puppy.mill.investigation.started.with.tip.from.friend

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38505869.html

One woman, 483 heartbreaks:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38509179.html

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January 27th, 2009:

County commissioners could act against dog-breeding operation:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/county_commissioners_could_act_against_dog_breeding_operation/

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January 28th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2009:

Heads should roll in cruelty case
The front-page story exposing the latest evils in yet another Skagit County puppy mill makes one wish that the stocks and public whippings still remained available to the courts for punishing evildoers.
One would find a certain satisfaction in spitting in the faces of the people who let a Chihuahua’s toenails grow so long that they punctured its footpads.
More satisfaction would sing with every lash of a whip laid on the rear ends of those who — for profit — jam dogs together in tiny boxes; keep them pregnant; starve them; make them wallow in their own excrement; and let them die of untreated diseases brought on by malnutrition, overcrowding, filth and constant birthings.
And what about the county officials who for years ignored the county’s ordinances and neighbors’ complaints against this puppy mill, an unlicensed kennel? And what about starving the animal-control enforcement program for years?
Perhaps being jammed into a tiny box for a few days without potty and provender might make funding and executing the laws against cruelty to animals become the passion it should and must be.
John (Jack) de Yonge
Concrete

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Puppies getting help from Anacortes community:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppies_getting_help_from_anacortes_community/

Things you should know before you buy a puppy:

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/38575947.html

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January 29th, 2009:

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels: Here is a news link to a Portland, Oregon tv news station that I was quoted in. In this article I am referred to as “Shelly”.:

http://www.katu.com/home/related/38505869.html

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/01/29/puppy_mills.html

Charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38664217.html

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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 29, 2009:

Dogs’ treatment reprehensible
It is with mixed emotions that I read the article concerning the two-county puppy mill operation that was put out of “business” in the recent “sting” operation. The reporter should be commended on a concise, orderly and objective presentation of the facts. Grisly is too kind a word to start this article; it was most polite. It was sad to see those defenseless animals being subjected to wretched conditions and treated in a way that is reprehensible, cruel and unthinkable to any human being with a scintilla of conscience.
To refer to the book of Genesis: When God commanded Adam and Eve to take dominion over the Earth and all the creatures upon it, God was not referring to exploiting them for profit; they were to be caregivers. Even common sense tells us that this type of behavior is unacceptable. What sort of “Pig-God” do these unfeeling “people” pray to?
I am glad to see the outpouring of help and compassionate care from the veterinarians and animal caregivers — such as the Skagit/Snohomish Humane Society and N.O.A.H. — and the many volunteers — both individually and collectively — who rescued and are humanely caring for the defenseless animals.
These animals would have otherwise faced a fate that is unthinkable to anyone with an ounce of compassion. My concern is, how many more of these puppy mill operations are out there that we do not know about, and how can they be stopped?
Too bad we cannot subject these “human beings” to the same punishment that they have inflicted upon man’s best friend.
Timothy T. Donovan
Mount Vernon

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Take action against dog owners
As an animal lover and a registered voter, I feel we all must insist that action be taken immediately. Those who are responsible for the cruelty and death of the animals recently in Skagit and Snohomish counties should be in jail. They should be prosecuted to the maximum, which is, in my opinion, not strict enough.
They should not be allowed to be out free where they can run and start again somewhere else. I am appalled that they are not in jail — preferably one that is outside, with no heat, no blankets, no water, no food and no bathroom facilities. Those of us who are human need to insist that the law take these inhuman monsters and put them away for a very long time.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley

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Can check charities at Web site
While reading the stomach-churning article about the animal rescue efforts by the good people from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, SPOT and the Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, I reached for my checkbook.
Then I checked Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT) on Charitable Solicitations and Trusts on the secretary of state’s Web site. I was very pleased to note that SPOT shows 93 percent of its total expenses to program services during the year reported. The donations are also tax deductible.
The secretary of state’s site is very useful when deciding where your charitable dollar should go. The site is easy to use, and there is human help available. Tax forms from the charity are also available. I clicked on Animal-Related Activities. There are many more charitable categories from which to choose.
Deanna Wagner
Sedro-Woolley

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Of nature, animal mistreatment
Regarding animal abuse:
The Jan. 11 “ropin’ and ridin’” photo inspired some research on the Internet. When asked if roping calves hurts the animal, Keith Martin, executive director of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, said publicly: “Do I think it hurts the calf? Sure I do. I’m not stupid.”
Doesn’t that put roping calves under intentional harm?
Also, the Jan. 22-23 puppy mill bust warrants a bravo to all those who made the rescue possible, including volunteers, law enforcement and numerous organizations. The service they do is of the highest form.
Mahatma Gandhi stated, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Thousands of years ago, humanity used to feel connected to all facets of nature — animals, plants and minerals. That was when humanity believed goodness resided at the core of one’s being, but that way of being was destroyed over a period of hundreds of years. There’s a long history covering why humans chose to separate from the natural world, cursing their own nature in the process.
That history is worth the time of research because, I believe, it explains why humans feel out of touch, separated, cut off and alienated from the very best part of being human — an integrated personhood. Maybe if humans felt more connected to nature, animals, plants and minerals, we wouldn’t have to belittle the innocent for the sake of entertainment, cowardly acts and profit.
Will we ever grow up?
Caroline Seibert
Mount Vernon

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Of puppy mills, lax officials
Regarding the reporting of the great number of puppies found to be in abominable conditions within the authority of our regulations:
First, how anyone could treat them so terribly and illegally is unconscionable.
Second, since that is clearly against the law, why has it been allowed to exist? The operation of these “puppy mills” has been reported to the authorities for some time. Why was nothing done?
You can only realize that your elected officials are not doing their job. From the animal regulation, the police department and our representatives, it is clear that is the case. This is just an example of the lack of attention our regulative authorities have for their jobs.
Remember this at election time.
John Spence
Mount Vernon
Who foots bill for care of dogs seized from kennels?:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/who_foots_bill_for_care_of_dogs_seized_from_kennels/

Animal cruelty charges, lawsuit filed in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/animal_cruelty_charges_filed_in_kennel_case/

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=326822

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January 30th, 2009:

Animal Cruelty Charges For Kennel Owners:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18599053/detail.html

Ken’s E-mails: I need to be put down?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38709547.html

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January 31st, 2009:

Another suspected puppy mill raided:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38752932.html

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The Olympian:

Thumbs down for puppy mills.
Police have seized nearly 600 dogs from two puppy mills in Snohomish and Skagit counties. Overwhelmed animal shelters have discovered that about 80 percent of the animals are pregnant. According to court documents, the Gold Bar operation made millions of dollars a year selling the puppies — mostly Chihuahuas, shih tzus, poodles, Yorkshire terriers and so-called designer dogs. At the time of the raids, police said the dogs looked sick, had matted fur, were standing in their own feces and had been left without food and water. Fortunately, people have stepped forward with food and cash to help animal shelters cope with the influx of hundreds of sick dogs
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February 2nd, 2009:

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012909WAB-puppy-mill-charges-filed-SW.17012375.html?btm

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2, 2009:

Hold dog owners accountable
We have all seen the pictures and read the articles. The Seattle Times (Jan. 24) ran a headline “600 rescued dogs — and 80 percent are pregnant.” The sad situation is not new and only gets worse.
There is enough blame to go around, including for the city, county and state. It all started with greedy and uncaring individuals who should be held accountable. Thank goodness for the Humane Society, S.P.O.T., N.O.A.H. and local veterinarians, plus the many volunteers who are working hard to make a difference! It breaks my heart to see what has been done to innocent and helpless animals.
I realize there are worldwide issues (war, hunger, etc.), but it seems to me that we need to start looking at things in our own area and put pressure on our local officials to bring an end to this out-of-control situation.
Anna Mae Kinkade
Mount Vernon

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Justice for puppy mill owners
There are some people whose rights I just do not care about at all: Those who hurt women, those who hurt children and those who deliberately hurt animals.
That is just what these people who run the puppy mills in Snohomish and Mount Vernon have done. They have deliberately hurt those poor puppies! I saw one puppy that was in obvious pain and was limping because of a hurt leg or paw. I saw another puppy that will have to have his eye removed because it was damaged beyond repair.
The best justice — the only justice — would be for these people to be put in a cage no longer and no wider than the one those poor pups were in. They should also be given the exact same amount of food that they gave those puppies and be forced to live in their own feces just like those puppies did. That is the justice they deserve!
Brian Hill
Mount Vernon

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February 4th, 2009:

Gold Bar-area couple charged in puppy mill case:
They are accused of mistreating nearly 160 dogs:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090204/NEWS01/702049939#Gold.Bar-area.couple.charged.in.puppy.mill.case

Felony charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_020409WAB-puppy-mill-charges-sw.1c5ab12b.html?npc

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 4, 2009:

Need better animal protection
I am pleased to see that so many writers to the Skagit Valley Herald have been so outspoken about the puppy mills in our county and Snohomish County.
The treatment exposed by the articles is deplorable. So is the lack of legal means to bring the operators of these puppy mills to justice. There are apparently carefully worded restrictions and guidelines that have to be used in order to bring these people to justice.
Where are the lawmakers? They are in the same corner as those who craft guidelines to allow rodeos in the county. I wrote a letter to the Skagit Valley Herald in the summer protesting the abuse of the animals. I was assured by one writer that the animals were well cared for. Mrs. Sundberg said that they loved their puppies. I have to wonder.
Caroline Siebert, take note that the “calf picture” was one of the Skagit Valley Herald’s best!
Martha Williamson
Burlington

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February 5th, 2009:

Couple to pay $72k for care of seized dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39177047.html

More charges filed in dog-breeding operations:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/more_charges_filed_in_dog_breeding_operations/

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February 6th, 2009:

Kennel in puppy mill probe has long, troubled history:

Secret rooms and previous brushes with officials come to light in county documents.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090206/NEWS01/702069898#Kennel.in.puppy.mill.probe.has.long.troubled.history.


February 7th, 2009:

Senate bill would regulate kennels:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_bill_would_regulate_kennels/

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February 8th, 2009:

Community chips in to help rescued dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090208/NEWS01/702089877

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8, 2009:

Puppy outrage; what of babies?
Outright abuse of puppies at the Little Mountain property is an atrocity that sickens me, and my hope is that the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. What amazes me is the attention our local paper has extended to this matter with daily front-page coverage for more than a week and the all-out support from members of our community. Understandable.
But where is the same cry of outrage when it comes to the wholesale slaughter and torture of our unborn children? What of the atrocities committed daily in our country against our tiniest, most helpless citizens in the name of “freedom of choice”?
Will we ever see the front pages demanding an explanation for cruelty and mistreatment that occurs during an abortion? Will we ever hear the public crying out for justice when it comes to safety for the lives of babies in the womb? When will human life be honored enough that the execution of innocents will be seen for what it is — murder and death, the result of substantial and unjustifiable physical pain inflicted on the lives of infants in utero.
Our government claims to protect women’s health and reproductive freedom, as the people protest that no one has the right to intrude on our most private family matters. Under the guise of protecting women, our government is funding (our tax dollars at work) and authorizing the destruction of 500,000 “little women” every year by authorizing the destruction of 1 million little human beings every year!
Killing our children is killing our children — no matter how many times you say, “It is a private family matter.”
Carolyn Nichols
Mount Vernon

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Throw book at kennel owners
I have found the reports of the puppy mills extremely disturbing. I say throw the book at these people. The kennel operators definitely should not have the option of getting their dogs back. Nor should they be allowed to run a kennel or even own a pet again for that matter.
Fine them. Jail them, and have them suffer as the animals that were depending on them did. Make them pay all incurred expenses and cage them to live in their own feces for awhile.
It is time we quit slapping the wrists of heartless human beings who abuse and neglect animals. It is time we show them that animals have rights, too.
Darlene Honea
Burlington

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February 9th, 2009:

Lawmakers consider bill targeting puppy mills:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39342082.html

Here is where you can watch the legislative hearings on the “Puppy Mill Bill”, from yesterday, February 9th, 2009.:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfmccode=M&bhcp=1&CFID=2281514&CFTOKEN=73734744

Pet abuse deserves more punishment:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/letters/story/789403.html

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February 10th, 2009:

New Law Would Regulate Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18677601/detail.html

Article in the Skagit Valley Herald newspaper, for Marjorie and Richard Sundberg. The Sundberg’s DID NOT show up in court this morning, on February 10th, 2009, in Skagit County, Mt. Vernon, Washington. Now they can be arrested.

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/warrant_issued_for_dog_owners_arrest/

Arrest warrant issued for woman charged in puppy mill case:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/10/arrest_warrant_issued_for_woma.html

Accused puppy mill owners a no show in court:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

Stop inhumane puppy mills in Washington state:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008730289_opinb11paul.html

Arrest warrant issued for woman in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021009WAB-puppy-mill-arraign-sw.1e6b0f7.html

VIDEO: State Lawmakers Considering Crackdown On Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18683216/index.html

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090211/NEWS01/702119785

Another dog confiscation case goes to court:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/another_dog_confiscation_case_goes_to_court/

Prosecutor: Accused puppy mill owner had filed for court delay:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

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February 11th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs

By Jackson Holtz
Herald Writer

EVERETT — Custody of the nearly 160 dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill near Gold Bar was turned over to the Everett Animal Shelter on Monday.

The dogs that were seized by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers Jan. 16 won’t be ready for adoption for at least a month, officials said.

First, the dogs will undergo careful evaluation by a veterinarian, Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. The city operates the shelter.

Dogs requiring specialized care will be transferred to breed-­specific rescue groups, Reardon said. The remaining dogs, about 100, will be placed in foster homes where the animals’ temperament and other traits will be tested in a home environment.

“All the foster families that are going to be reached out to in this effort are approved, trained. They know how to do this,” Reardon said.

Once ready, the city plans to host an adoption event where anyone interested can apply and may go home with a pet.

The selection process is being worked out.

“If you’re not on a list somewhere, don’t worry, there will be time, I promise,” she said.

The dogs’ former owners failed to meet a Friday deadline to post more than $72,000 worth of bonds or to petition a court to prevent the dogs’ transfer.

The couple who lived in the Gold Bar-area home where the dogs were found were charged in Everett District Court last week with six counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s officials say the Gold Bar-area dogs are connected to Renee Roske and Mary Anne Holleman, two sisters who ran a Snohomish kennel. The puppy mill investigation lead officials from the sisters’ business to a Mount Vernon-area kennel run by their mother, Marjorie Sundberg.

Skagit County sheriff’s officials seized around 450 dogs from Sund­berg’s home.

Sundberg was charged in Skagit County Jan. 29 with four counts of animal cruelty. She failed to appear in court Tuesday for her arraignment.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 11, 2009:

Voice opposition to puppy mills
Recently, 443 small dogs were impounded from one puppy mill in Skagit County. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley volunteers and staff have been personally affected by the mental and physical state of these animals. Although, true to the nature of dogs, their capacity to forgive and love is still strong. It is amazing after a life of abuse how hard these little dogs are trying to learn to give back to us.
Your voice of opposition to these puppy mills is needed now! Here’s what you can do:
• Contact your local prosecutor’s office, and urge officials to consider first-degree cruelty charges. Currently, only four second-degree charges have been filed, which are misdemeanors.
• Let everyone know the horrible “truth” behind that cute little puppy for sale in a pet shop window — how the mother has suffered to bring you that pup.
• Please continue to volunteer for cleaning and care of all of the animals at the shelter. We need your ongoing help.
• If you are good at writing, send a letter every month to the editor, TV stations and whomever else offers this service. Be persistent.
• Call your legislators. Urge them to support Senate Bill 5651, which would regulate dog kennels to prevent puppy mills and assure humane housing and living conditions. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley does not support the enclosure specifications included in the bill; however, there is more right than wrong with Senate Bill 5651. It is definitely a start in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and volunteered. Keep it up, especially since it could be a long battle. We have started strong, and let’s finish strong!
Sandy Nelson, director
Humane Society of Skagit Valley
Burlington

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February 12th, 2009:

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/12/puppy_mills_1.html

Couple charged with felony counts in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/couple_charged_with_felony_counts_in_kennel_case/

More charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39528242.html

Bill aims to regulate puppy mills:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/feb/12/bill-aims-regulate-puppy-mills/

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

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February 13th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

PUPPY MILLS

Deplorable acts need punishing

I’m not surprised to read about cruelty, brutality, and the total absence of compassion in the pursuit of the dollar. Or just for the hell of it. I’d heard of “puppy mills” but never knew exactly what that meant. The gruesome, sickening details and the suffering heaped on the helpless. I know now.

I have always found it impossible to get my mind around how anyone could abuse or neglect a child. Yet they do. We read these things that haunt us all the time. Now the puppy mill where hundreds of dogs are found. Neglected and forgotten, except to churn out puppies to be sold to unsuspecting buyers. Dog lovers.

I am thankful that more than 600 dogs have been rescued from Snohomish and Skagit counties and are now being cared for and are discovering human kindness for the first time. I can only hope that those responsible will be prosecuted. And then, if there is any justice in this world, they will live out their worthless lives in a prison cell. I hold no expectation that they will get what they deserve but we can hold the thought.

One more thing we can do is support the agencies that are caring for these animals with our dollars.

Beverlee Bowman Price
Edmonds

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“Love Sucks,” a comedy show to benefit rescued puppy-mill dogs:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/musicnightlife/2008738397_zmus13lovesucks.html

Deplorable acts need punishing:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090213/OPINION02/702139984

Furry Friends Festival to benefit dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/younews/39600037.html

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February 14th, 2009:

Charges added in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090214/NEWS01/702149942

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February 15th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15, 2009:

Pet buyers have responsibility
Many of us are sickened and enraged by the huge puppy mills recently raided by law enforcement. These dogs lived in conditions that would be illegal for chickens, but there are no state or federal regulations to protect them.
I did a little research and discovered there are thousands of greedy dog breeders in this country, only caring about profit. Kudos to our county for working to do something to change things here.
But these kennels wouldn’t be in business if no one bought their mass-produced pets. The pet-buying public has a responsibilty here: Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Responsible breeders want to meet you and check you out. They would never ship puppies off to a store.
Don’t buy a sickly puppy because you feel sorry for it and want to rescue it. You are buying heartache and vet bills for yourself, and perpetuating the cruelty. Report sickly puppies to your humane society or local rescue group.
Never buy a pet on an impulse. Dogs can live 10 to 18 years. Are you willing to make that commitment?
Always see where the puppy was raised and meet its parents. If you think that is too much trouble, you have no business buying a dog. Check out the Humane Society for more information.
Jan Gordon
Bow

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February 16th, 2009:

Seized pups gaining weight, confidence:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39693182.html

Animal shelter robbed of dog and cat food:

http://www.king5.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=333255

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February 17th, 2009:

Shelter caring for puppy mill dogs to hold fundraiser:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021709WAB-puppy-mill-costs-SW.26e73ab3.html?btm

Link to Animal Festival on Saturday 02/21/09:

http://www.furryfriendsfestival.com/

Puppy mill dogs putting financial drain on animal shelters:

http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=333177

Raw: Latest video of rescued puppy mill dogs:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=333125

See the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” & Help Rescued Puppies!:

http://www.komonews.com/news/preview/39742232.html

World’s Toughest Rodeo presents ‘Toughest Cowboy’:

http://www.comcastarenaeverett.com/MainArena/Events/General.ashx?p=65&69_evntdt=640&69_evnt=448

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17, 2009:

‘Rescue’ next dog from shelter
As a local pet groomer, I see evidence of puppy mill dogs and unhealthy or misrepresented dogs way too much. Usually the owner is quick to defend that “The woman was so nice and really cared.” That they “rescued” the dog … for a steep price or the dog is a “rare breed.” Some of these folks are naive and some are just soft-hearted.
I urge these folks to use their soft hearts to please rescue a pet from an overcrowded shelter the next time instead of encouraging these puppy mills to pump out litter after litter for pure profit, especially at a time of people losing their homes. I have on many occasions had to report suspected puppy mills only to later hear from neighbors that “they just don’t open their door” for the officer. They laugh at the law.
Every dog that I have ever owned has been a shelter or rescue dog and I’d like to think that they appreciate the second chance at life. There will never be enough homes, especially with the many loopholes in our legal system that continue to allow these people to profit at the expense of these helpless animals. I see a slap on the wrist coming on! The greed is well worth it to the puppy mill operators. I am pleading for our local prosecutors to throw a library of books at these “people.” We have to speak up for the helpless now.
Germaine Kornegay
Burlington

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February 18th, 2009:

“Anyone who has done business with Wags ’n’ Wiggles or owner Renee Roske – purchasing a puppy, for example – is asked to e-mail detectives at puppyinvestigation@snoco.org and describe their experience,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said this afternoon.

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

Customers help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/902189961

Puppy mills and puppy bills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/18/puppy_mills_and_puppy_bills.html

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February 19th, 2009:

Dog buyers’ help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090219/NEWS01/702199885

Dog custody, cost issues yet to be resolved in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/dog_custody_cost_issues_yet_to_be_resolved_in_kennel_case/

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February 20th, 2009:

Kennel owner says she is a ‘reputable dog breeder’:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_says_she_is_a_reputable_dog_breeder/

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February 21st, 2009:

Fundraiser to help dogs seized recently: ARTICLE:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090221/LIVING/702219966

Fundraiser today for dogs rescued from puppy mills:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=334611

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February 23rd, 2009:

Reputed puppy mill thrived despite a history of trouble:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008774191_puppy23m.html

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February 24th, 2009:

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

Oregon weighs law targeting puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/oregon_weighs_law_targeting_pu.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Oregon puppy mill hearing draws huge crowd:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/401220_puppymill25.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

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February 25th, 2009:

Man with 160 dogs ‘didn’t know it was illegal’:
The couple charged with running an alleged puppy mill make their first appearance in court.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090225/NEWS01/702259731

Puppy-mill operators should pay for sick animals:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2008782074_editb25puppy.html

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February 26th, 2009:

Accused puppy mill owners plead not guilty:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40394992.html

Not guilty plea in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_022609WAB-puppy-mill-sundberg-plea-SW.7289038.html

Kennel owners enter not guilty pleas:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_enter_not_guilty_pleas/
Kids pitch in to help rescued dogs:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=336482

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February 27th, 2009:

Gold Bar couple deny they’re responsible for kennel’s condition – pair say they were duped by owners:‏
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090227/NEWS01/702279842&news01ad=1#Gold.Bar.couple.deny.theyre.responsible.for.kennels.condition

Kennel owners plead not guilty to 10 charges:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_plead_not_guilty_to_10_charges/

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February 28th, 2009:

Bill to stop puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/28/bill_to_stop_puppy_mills.html

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March 1st, 2009:

Vets go extra mile for puppy mill dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40514182.html

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March 3rd, 2009:

PUPPY MILL:

There are many unanswered questions:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090303/OPINION02/703039988

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March 4th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs/

Puppy mill dogs could be up for adoption soon:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html?btm

Seized dogs finally up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40755577.html

Skagit Couple Forfeits More Than 400 Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18856652/detail.html

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March 5th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs

SeattleInsider: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SeattleInsider Hangs With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’s’ 1,500 Pound Bull:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866172/index.html

SeattleInsider: Q & A With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’ Bullfighter:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866295/index.html

Puppy mill dogs getting ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/north/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

DENIED!: Owner of alleged puppy mill loses kennel license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090305/NEWS01/703059876

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March 6th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 6, 2009:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/letters_to_the_editor_march_6_2009/

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Thanks for supporting S.P.O.T.
S.P.O.T. would like to thank all of you for your tremendous support, tangible and monetary donations during the recent puppy mill raids. The outpouring of support has been phenomenal. And the donations keep rolling in! From Skagit County to Texas to Ontario, donations are pouring in from all over the United States and Canada.
From the 9-year-old who, instead of gifts for herself for her birthday, asked her guests to bring gifts and donations for the puppies; to the gentleman who walked from house to house in his neighborhood collecting hundreds and hundreds of dollars in donations; to Palmer’s, Girls Giving Back, Furry Faces Foundation and other groups who raised thousands of dollars at fundraisers they put on to support the dogs from these mills. All of you are wonderful and these dogs are certainly the beneficiaries of your kindness.
We’d also like to thank all of the shelters, rescuers, fosters and volunteers who are taking care of these dogs. They are now in environments that are providing the necessary food, shelter, love and attention that they so desperately need and deserve.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Teresa Steiner
S.P.O.T. president
Bellingham

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Animal control let us down
I understand the defendants in the animal abuse charges are making ludicrous claims that the animals were only a hobby and were well taken care of, etc. The actual conditions abnegate those statements, the animals were abused, sick and uncared for. The delay of trial because their attorney is not available is costing the county up to $400 a day and should not be allowed. The culprits should be fined, jailed and their property confiscated at once. The animal control officials are not doing their jobs, when an illegal condition of this magnitude is allowed to last as long as this has. The entire deterioration of the financial situation is caused because adequate control of this type is allowed to exist. My neighbor has jokingly suggested the elected officials should all be subjected to a WASL and morality test before taking offices. Sounds like a good idea.
John Spence
Mount Vernon

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65 dogs from alleged puppy mill up for adoption:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/903069972&news01ad=1#65.dogs.from.alleged.puppy.mill.up.for.adoption

Dogs seized from alleged puppy mill available for adoption:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/06/dogs_seized_from_alleged_puppy.html

How To Adopt Dogs Seized In Gold Bar Raid:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18872215/detail.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

65 puppy mill dogs up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40877167.html

Seized dogs fill up shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/703069863

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March 7th, 2009:

68 dogs ready for adoption from shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090307/NEWS01/703079940

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Letters to the Editor: Skagit Valley Herald:

Rescued dogs were in agony
We volunteer at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and have spent time with the rescued dogs involved in the recent puppy mill busts. Nothing could have prepared us for what we experienced when we were with the rescued dogs. We are quite aware we did not see the worst cases. It was immediately evident by the expressions and body language of every dog that they have been through horror and torture.
We know these are very strong words but they don’t even begin to convey the depth of agony these dogs are in. Some dogs cowered in the corner and when we reached for them or got near them, their entire bodies were shaking and quivering. Some of the dogs were so needy for attention, they continually jumped and were extremely frantic.
We have seen some of the dogs with rotten teeth and others don’t have any teeth at all. Most of the dogs have their vocal chords removed. The absolutely frightened and panicked looks on their faces are unforgettable and will haunt us for years to come.
The dogs do not seem to know anything about human contact. We have seen some stare at their food bowls not able to comprehend what is in there. The pain, misery, sorrow and trauma these animals have had to endure will take a long time to heal if ever.
There is no way to undo the tremendous far-reaching harm and damage caused. The dogs cannot talk, they cannot go to therapy, they cannot do anything except take what is given to them. The dogs are helpless victims. This is a tragic situation that has left each dog in shock. Please check out the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. There are many ways to help. We all owe it to these innocent victims.
Karen Roberts
Sedro-Woolley

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Dogs should not go back
So the kennel owners charged with neglect want the dogs back. Well, I say no! Unfortunately it is not my decision. I can only ask what kind of people are we if this is allowed?
These dogs need love, proper food, and living conditions. I have talked to many in the area about the reported conditions these animals were in. All of the people I have talked with feel the dog owners should not be allowed any contact with the dogs and also feel they should not be allowed to ever own another animal.
Abuse is abuse whether it is toward another human being, an animal or property. If you abuse another human being, you go to prison, if you abuse or destroy property, you are made to pay restitution and serve time. The animals rescued need the same justice. Justice for those that have died, those that have suffered and those still to be born.
Skagit County and its residents needs to stand strong and shout “This kind of abuse will not go unpunished. We will not allow this to continue.” Let us become the voice for God’s creatures who cannot speak for themselves.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley
March 10th, 2009:

Kennel owner will get some dogs back:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_will_get_some_dogs_back/

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March 11th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_xgr_puppy_mills.html

Senate passes puppy mill bill:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41132937.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/784388.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/827094.html

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March 12th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_passes_bill_cracking_down_on_puppy_mills/

Front porch: Grandmas in local history: They are having a benefit to raise money for the Gold Bar puppies:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090312/NEWS01/703129900

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March 14th, 2009:

Prosecutors given more time to file Gold Bar dog charges:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090314/NEWS01/703149881

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March 17th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 17th, 2009:
March 17th, 2009:

Breeders should live like dogs
It was with great glee when I heard the (alleged) puppy mill owners might get a jail sentence, however in retrospect that is much too good for them. I believe all their property should be confiscated and sold to take care of all the vet bills, etc., that have incurred because of their neglect and they should be put in a cage in a dark basement, fed gruel once a day and left to live in their own feces and urine for the rest of their lives.
The county officials that let this happen should be put in the same situation for a couple of weeks, maybe they would be more serious about doing their job.
No breeder needs more than 10 dogs.
There should be surprise ongoing inspections monthly.
Pet stores should be banned from selling pets; adoptions from shelters should be their priority.
People that abuse animals for the almighty dollar make me sick.
Leilani Erps
Camano Island

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Rodeo collects food for dogs from alleged puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/17/rodeo_collects_dog_food_for_al.html

Foster Care Needed For Rescued Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18950798/detail.html

Rescued puppy mill dogs need homes:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_031709WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-adoption-SW.44dfc4d4.html?btm

Seattle Humane Society Rescues Dogs in Puppy Mill Raid:

http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/news/puppy-mill

See photos of the rescued pups in our care.:

http://seattlehumane.jalbum.net/PuppyMillRescue/

Hear Brenda Barnette’s interview on KOMO 1000 Newsradio.

Consumer man Herb Weisbaum interviews Seattle Humane CEO Brenda Barnette about the difference between puppy mills and reputable breeders.

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‘And I just fell in love with her eyes’:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41408452.html

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March 19th, 2009:
Dogs rescued from puppy mills ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=343523

House Judiciary Committee: Public: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, SSB 5651:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?evid=2009031103&TYPE=V&CFID=3063653&CFTOKEN=17668139&bhcp=1

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March 22nd, 2009:

Adopt from reputable breeders or shelters to avoid puppy mill pets:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/adopt_from_reputable_breeders_or_shelters_to_avoid_puppy_mill_pets/

Stop and think before getting that new puppy!:

http://www.examiner.com/x-4929-Portland-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d22-Stop-and-think-before-getting-that-new-puppy

Raw: Dozens of puppy mill dogs go to new homes:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=344474

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March 23rd, 2009:

The Olympian: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/796216.html

Tacoma-The News Tribune: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/northwest/story/685026.html

The Bellingham Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/842211.html

Skagit Valley Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppy_mill_dogs_adopted_from_everett_shelter/

Dogs from suspected puppy mill meet their new families:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090323/NEWS01/703239912

Puppy mill dogs get new homes:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_032209WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-families-SW.5f81d366.html

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March 24th, 2009:

Breeder wants county to return seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/703249858

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March 26th, 2009:

A MUST WATCH TOMORROW ON FRIDAY MARCH 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time) that is 8:35 p.m. Seattle, WA time.: TV Alert: March 27, ABC’s Nightline will be investigating puppy mills:

http://www.examiner.com/x-5831-NY-Animal-Welfare-Examiner~y2009m3d26-TV-Alert-March-27-ABCs-Nightline-will-be-investigating-puppy-mills

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Did you see the legislative review today? Listen to the whole video, because the legislators take a break, and then come back in with their decisions on these bills. Here is the link: Event Date: March 26, 2009 10:00am

Event Description:
Exec: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, ESSB 5651
Video: http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?EvID=2009030190&CFID=3140763&CFTOKEN=77712911&bhcp=1

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Lawsuit halts return of dogs to kennel owner:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawsuit_halts_return_of_dogs_to_kennel_owners/

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March 28th, 2009:

Seattle Humane Society has more puppy mill rescues up for adoption:

http://www.examiner.com/x-2111-Tacoma-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d28-Seattle-Humane-Society-has-more-puppy-mill-rescues-up-for-adoption

PUPPY MILL:
Kennel owners should have to cover costs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/OPINION02/703289996

County official denies return of dog breeder’s license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/NEWS01/703289926

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April 3rd, 2009:

Skagit County hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=348740

Skagit Co. hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_040309WAB-puppy-mill-lawsuit-TP.9cc20d18.html?btm

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April 6th, 2009:

Missouri tries to shed reputation as ‘puppy mill’:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008993993_apmissouripuppymills.html

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April 11th, 2009:

Dachshund rescued from puppy mill finds home in Birch Bay:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/866810.html

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April 12th, 2009:

Puppy-mill survivor takes to new home:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009025548_rescueddog12m.html

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April 20th, 2009:

Wash. lawmakers approve crackdown on puppy mills:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009089322_apwaxgrpuppymills.html

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April 21st, 2009:

Toledo woman, Theresa Hutton, convicted of mistreating daughter also had a puppy mill:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090421/NEWS03/704219721

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The Everett Herald:

Legislators approve puppy mill crackdown

The Legislature has approved a measure cracking down on dog breeders who operate puppy mills.

Under the bill, dog breeders and owners would be barred from owning more than 50 dogs over 6 months old that are not neutered or spayed.

Anyone who has more than 10 unaltered dogs that spend most of their time in pens must house the dogs in clean and dry conditions. Dogs would have to be provided with food, water and exercise.

The Senate, on a 43-4 vote Monday, sent the measure to Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval.

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April 23rd, 2009:

Breeder in puppy mill investigation sued by dog owner:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090423/NEWS01/704239934

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April 27th, 2009:

Lawmakers didn’t ignore local issues:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawmakers_didnt_ignore_local_issues/

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Theresa Hutton ~ Puppy/Cat Mill (Toledo, WA)

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
June 15, 2007:Murky drinking water, deadly virus found at dog rescue:http://search.komonews.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=Murky+drinking+water
TOLEDO, Wash. – Animal cruelty charges are pending against a horse owner and dog breeder who may now also be in violation of a quarantine involving a deadly disease in Lewis County.The case involves a dozen horses and more than a hundred dogs. Lewis County health officials are checking the property northeast of Toledo.The place calls itself Three Mountains Dog Rescue. The health officers have been here before and found more than 120 dogs in outdoor cages with murky drinking water.Officials found indications that the deadly brucellosis virus may be spreading through the dogs. 41 had to be euthanized, we’re told.Those horses were seized.A quarantine order was slapped on the place because of the dog disease.Lewis County prosecutor Mike Golden is investigating allegations that the property owner brought in more dogs, violating the quarantine.”Potentially the court could order if it finds her in contempt, could order all of those animals be removed,” said Golden. “The fact that she may or may not have too many dogs on the property is one issue. But what really has her in trouble now with the law is that horse. She’s not supposed to have any horses here.””I think it’s horrible. I’m appalled. I think it’s horrible,” said Tonja Nichols, a neighbor. “I know this is the country and people can have animals, but animals have rights and they should be treated well.”We tried and failed to get a response from owner Theresa Hutton. She told us earlier that she doesn’t hurt animals; she rescues them.”It just seems really wrong and unjust,” said Nichols. Animal rights folks see horses that need new homes and dogs that may have been given a death sentence because of what they fear is an unchecked spread of brucellosis.The Lewis County prosecutor will make an animal cruelty charging decision next week.
July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old girl missing from Lewis County home: Video:
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old missing girl located:
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.html” target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.htmlBy JANE MCCARTHY / KING 5 News
Katie HuttonTOLEDO, Wash. – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Dept. on Monday was searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since late Saturday night. Search-and-rescue crews were notified after someone spotted the girl walking along a road Monday evening. Katie Hutton’s mother told Lewis County sheriff’s deputies she and her daughter got into an argument at their Toledo-area home Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, her mother says, Katie and her pink bicycle were gone. She said she looked most of the day before reporting Katie missing just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
Video
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
Katie Hutton missing since Saturday
Katie is very small for a 12-year-old – standing just 3 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 60 pounds. Neighbor Tonja Nichols searched her own five acres for the little girl. “And I obviously didn’t find anything. I’m very upset, my kids are upset. I can’t sleep,” she said. The sheriff says it doesn’t appear Katie has ever run away. There has been stress in the family as of late. Katie’s mother, Theresa, who says she runs a dog rescue, is being investigated for animal neglect. A few weeks ago, police and health officials swept through the property and euthanized 41 dogs with a contagious animal disease called brucellosis. “We were there several times on official business… had nothing to do with child abuse or anything like that, but we were there because of the dogs, and that would heighten someone’s sense of uneasiness,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield. Deputies were hoping leads would come from talking with neighbors and searching the thick woods in case the little girl has simply lost her way.
Allegedly ill-kept dogs seized:
By April Chan The Olympian • Published August 15, 2007
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/191408.html Fifty-four dogs seized from a Toledo home remain under quarantine, Lewis County Animal Services spokeswoman Amy Clark said Wednesday. The dogs were taken after the owner failed to appear in Lewis County District Court to face animal-cruelty charges related to horses on the property. The dogs were living in filthy conditions, and many didn’t have food or clean water, Clark said. Up to 80 dogs were left on the property because the shelter couldn’t accommodate them, she said.Theresa Hutton of Toledo was arrested Aug. 9. She was released Friday on her own recognizance after making her court appearance, prosecutor Michael Golden said. Hutton said she wasn’t aware of the mandatory court appearance. Officers took only small, expensive and rare breeding dogs, Hutton said.“The dogs were fat and healthy except for the two with mange,” she said. Their living area hadn’t been cleaned, and they didn’t have food and water because she was in jail, she said.In April, the state Department of Agriculture placed Hutton’s property under quarantine after veterinarians saw dogs infected with canine brucellosis and traced the disease to her residence, Clark said.County staff has tested animals at the property several times for further infection, and 41 have been euthanized, Hutton said.Hutton is scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 5 to follow up on the three counts against her regarding the horses, Golden said.The charges came about after Lewis County investigators filed a petition regarding 11 horses in her care. The animals reportedly did not have adequate shelter or clean water and were confined for extended periods. Several reportedly had split hooves or overgrown hooves and areas of rot.Hutton’s children are living with a relative as she continues to fight the animal cruelty charges, she said. The relative had reportedly filed a parenting petition after Hutton’s 12-year-old daughter ran away from home. A judge decided there was reason to investigate and has instructed that Hutton can see her children once a week for now.“They just want to come home,” Hutton said of her children. “They ask about how their animals are doing. My 5-year-old has never been away from me. It’s just so traumatizing it’s unbelievable.”

April 15, 2009:
Chehalis Mom On Trial For Starving, Abusing Child: Video included:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/19191894/detail.html
CHEHALIS, Wash. — A Chehalis mother is on trial on charges of criminally mistreating her child.
Charges came after a raid on Theresa Hutton’s property in June 2007 to rescue animals, not children.
More than 40 dogs and two horses bred by Hutton had to be euthanized after contracting a deadly disease while living in filthy conditions.
Prosecutors said Hutton also mistreated her young daughter on the property, forcing her to sleep outside on hay without any blankets, feeding her little and subjecting her to bizarre and painful punishment.
A teacher testified on Wednesday about the girl being very small. Prosecutors said the abuse the girl suffered led to a form of dwarfism.
School staff said they also witnessed her hoarding food.
“In the beginning she would steal food and want to take it home. She was hungry. She would voice that she was hungry,” said school employee Kim Satcher.
The little girl was also responsible for cleaning up pens for a nearly 100 dogs before going to school and would arrive filthy.
“She had a very strong odor. She would often have feces on her,” Satcher said.
The girl, who grew 2 inches and gained 6 pounds in six months after being removed from her mother’s care, also took the stand on Wednesday.
KIRO 7 was asked not to record her testimony, but among other things she said that she hid food from school in trees near her home, that her mom would hit her with rocks and sticks and that once her mom made her dig a hole to bury a horse.
She also said her mother threatened to tie a brick to her leg and throw it in the pond.
The girl testified that she was not allowed to use the bathroom inside and that on the nights she was allowed to sleep inside, she would have to sleep in a closet.
She also said her mom had a form of punishment called the “cockroach” where she would basically do toe touches with straight legs for hours on end.
When asked what would have happened if she would have stayed with her mother, the girl said she probably would have died.

April 21, 2009:
Woman Found Guilty Of Nearly Starving Daughter To Death:
LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. — After little more than an hour of deliberation, a jury found a Lewis County woman guilty on Monday of nearly starving her daughter to death.
Theresa Hutton could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors said Hutton also forced her daughter to sleep outside.
Investigators said they discovered the abuse two years ago when they raided Hutton’s Toledo-area property to seize neglected animals.
Police said the abuse and lack of food caused the girl, now 13, to develop a form of dwarfism.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The Everett Herald: Published: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009:Toledo woman convicted of mistreating daughter:
Associated Press CHEHALIS — A Toledo woman who withheld food and water from her 13-year-old daughter, made her sleep outdoors and care for more than 100 dogs has been convicted of criminal mistreatment.KITI and KELA report it took the Lewis County Superior Court jury less than an hour Monday to return the verdict against Theresa Hutton.Her daughter had run away and weighed less than 60 pounds when she was found.Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes could ask for up to five years in prison when the 35-year-old woman is sentenced later this month in Chehalis.Last summer, Hutton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after a disease led to euthanizing more than 40 dogs she had been raising in what county officials believe was a puppy mill.

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
This woman is a puppy/cat mill. She runs the above ad on CL. Her name is: “Theresa Hutton” and “Katherine Hutton” and “Kristeena Hutton”, and they lives at: 181 – Kinzie Road, Toledo, WA 98591. The animals are all in cages outside of her trailer home. The woman is covered in mud, and animal feces/urine, and is real filthy. The animals have no water or food. She yells at the animals. The cats are all caged together, and climbing up the sides of the pen and screaming! She already had over 100 animals taken from her, and yet she still has many animals being severely neglected!! She also has a current court case regarding this matter. The police said “we can not go beyond her LOCKED GATE without a warrant”. We need to do more to put a stop to this woman, and her neglect and cruelty to these animals!!

There is NO BUSINESS LICENSE and NO KENNEL LICENSE!!
Lewis County Assessor/Treasurer Information for

Parcel #014700026000
Parcel Number: 014700026000
Use Code: 18
Other Residential Parcel Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA
TCA: 510
Owner Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Current Use Flag: No
Owner Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Total Acres: 5.00
Taxpayer Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Partial Legal Description: Section 25 Township 12N Range 01W PT SW4 NE4 LOT 17 CHEHALIS PARK DIV II ROS 5/54 Taxpayer Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Property Values Tax Year Assessed Value Land Value Improvement Value Current Use Land Taxable Value Regular Taxable Value Excess
2009 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2008 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2007 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
2006 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
Sales Sale Date Sale Amount Seller Name Buyer Name Auditor File Number 05/08/1995 $18,000.00 MONSON, CHRISTOPHER M. JOHNSON, STEVE 0650/0219 03/05/2002 $22,000.00 JOHNSON, STEVE HUTTON THERESA 3133438

Here is the court record of civil and criminal charges regarding “Theresa Ann Hutton”:

55 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01330 08-23-2007
56 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01409 09-05-2007
57 Hutton, Theresa Judgment Creditor G H Co Superior 06-9-01439-3 08-18-2006 58 Hutton, Theresa Petitioner G H Co Superior 06-3-00179-6 05-05-2006
59 Hutton, Theresa Respondent Lewis County Dist Y0-H00132 08-18-2000
60 Hutton, Theresa A H/w Defendant Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-00785-1 07-19-1993
61 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000184 07-13-2007
62 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000238 11-19-2007
63 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038075 07-30-2007
64 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038471 10-12-2007
65 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038540 10-01-2007
66 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038878 10-31-2007
67 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039046 10-08-2007
68 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039085 10-01-2007
69 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039100 10-29-2007
70 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039128 10-08-2007
71 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039154 10-22-2007
72 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039157 10-29-2007
73 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039327 11-26-2007
74 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039405 11-20-2007
75 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039409 11-26-2007
76 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis Co Superior 08-1-00491-5 07-25-2008
77 Hutton, Theresa Ann Petitioner Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01477-4 12-07-1998
78 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-00986-0 08-19-1998 79 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01426-0 11-20-1998 80 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 07-3-00256-3 06-20-2007 81 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00071960 11-29-1995
82 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Cowlitz District C03250KE 06-05-1996
83 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00074441 08-25-1998
84 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00077166 11-21-1995
85 Hutton, Theresa Ann (sunshine) Respondent Lewis Co Superior 95-2-01332-3 11-20-1995
86 Hutton, Theresa H/w Plaintiff Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-01179-3 10-21-1993

Animal Planet ~ TRIAL of firemen for murder of Karley

Monday 4-27-09 …Animal Planet Exposes Puppy Mills:
www.network.bestfriends.org/news/print.aspx?np=33658
Family’s dog murdered in front of witnesses, by off duty Fire Dept employee -TRIAL:
http://www.justice4karley.com/

How Could You ~ You Broke My Heart

How Could You ~ You Broke My HeartBy Jim Willis, copyright 2001 When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.Whenever I was”bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” — but then you’d relent, and roll me over for a bellyrub.My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” –still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch — because your touch was now so infrequent — and I would have defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject. I had gone from being “your dog” to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You’ve made the right decision for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family. I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness.You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.” They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with “papers.”You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy! Please don’t let them take my dog!” And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first,whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind — that this was all a bad dream … or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room.She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.”She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself — a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not directed at her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
The EndA note from the author:If “How Could You?” brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and Canadian animal shelters. Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice.Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay and neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.
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All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”

All the news on the “Renee Roske Puppy Mill Ring”:February 27th, 2008:”Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea——————–
Wags And Wiggles-Renee Roske (Seattle)

http://seattle.citysearch.com/review/37537077

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/260/RipOff0260602.htm

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January 18th, 2009:

155 dogs seized in Snohomish Co. puppy mill raid:

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_011809WAB-puppy-mill-raid-snohomish-SW.8025892.html

Officers raid puppy mill, ‘astounded’ by filth:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37796254.html

More than 150 dogs seized from Gold Bar home:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=322934

Raw: Dogs seized in Snohomish County raid:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=322894

Dogs seized from Sultan puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/18/sultan_puppy_mill_raided.html

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January 19th, 2009:

155 Sick, Matted Dogs Seized From House:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18511859/detail.html

VIDEO: ‘Puppy Mill’ Discovered In Gold Bar:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18511706/index.html

More locations raided in puppy mill crackdown:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=323233

Rescued pups begin recovery process:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/37853374.html

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January 21st, 2009:

Nearly 200 Dogs Taken From Mount Vernon Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18535092/detail.html?taf=sea

Assessor’s on Sundberg property where 400 dogs were found-

http://www.skagitcounty.net/Common/Asp/Default.asp?d=Assessor&c=Search&a=ParcelSearch&p=Results.asp&st=parcelid&sv=P100738&pn=1

Dozens of dogs rescued from Skagit County kennels:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38127669.html

Hundreds of dogs confiscated today in 2 neglect cases:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/hundreds_of_dogs_confiscated_today_in_2_neglect_cases/

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January 22nd, 2009:

Neighbors complain about alleged puppy mill:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012209WAB-puppy-mill-folo-SW.1d780884.html

Puppy Mill Bust:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/us_world/Puppy_Mill_Bust_All__National_.html

Dogs seized in kennel raids:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/authorities_shut_down_kennel_operations_seize_dogs/

Hundreds of dogs rescued from puppy mills:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=324167

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January 23rd, 2009:

308 more dogs seized from alleged puppy mill:

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_012309WAB-puppy-mill-more-seizures-TP.22bd4ff1.html

More dogs seized from alleged Skagit County puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/01/23/more_dogs_seized_from_alleged.html

Skagit, Snohomish kennel operations have family connections:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/skagit_snohomish_kennel_operations_have_family_connections/

Remainder of dogs seized from Little Mountain kennel:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/remainder_of_dogs_to_be_seized/

300 more dogs rescued from Skagit County kennel:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38258594.html

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January 24th, 2009:

600 rescued dogs and 80% are pregnant:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008665665_puppies24m.html

300 more dogs seized in animal cruelty investigation:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090124/NEWS01/701249958

Rescued dogs pregnant with 1,500 puppies:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38281439.html

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January 25th, 2009:

Outrage after kennel raids is no surprise:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/outrage_after_kennel_raids_is_no_surprise/

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January 26th, 2009:

Task Of Caring For Dogs Multiplies As Puppies Born:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18569236/detail.html

Ken Schram: The humane thing to do:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38334744.html

Cost of caring for seized dogs overwhelming:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38429594.html

Bellingham businesses accept donations for Skagit County dogs:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/769311.html

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January 27th, 2009:

Neighbors Fight ‘Puppy Mill’ In Skagit County:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/15430825/detail.html?taf=sea

VIDEO: Police raid puppy mill, find dead, sick animals:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/159787.asp

VIDEO: Details on two suspected puppy mills:

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/160570.asp

Puppy mill investigation started with tip from friend:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090127/NEWS01/701279848&news01ad=1#Puppy.mill.investigation.started.with.tip.from.friend

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38505869.html

One woman, 483 heartbreaks:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38509179.html

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January 27th, 2009:

County commissioners could act against dog-breeding operation:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/county_commissioners_could_act_against_dog_breeding_operation/

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January 28th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2009:

Heads should roll in cruelty case
The front-page story exposing the latest evils in yet another Skagit County puppy mill makes one wish that the stocks and public whippings still remained available to the courts for punishing evildoers.
One would find a certain satisfaction in spitting in the faces of the people who let a Chihuahua’s toenails grow so long that they punctured its footpads.
More satisfaction would sing with every lash of a whip laid on the rear ends of those who — for profit — jam dogs together in tiny boxes; keep them pregnant; starve them; make them wallow in their own excrement; and let them die of untreated diseases brought on by malnutrition, overcrowding, filth and constant birthings.
And what about the county officials who for years ignored the county’s ordinances and neighbors’ complaints against this puppy mill, an unlicensed kennel? And what about starving the animal-control enforcement program for years?
Perhaps being jammed into a tiny box for a few days without potty and provender might make funding and executing the laws against cruelty to animals become the passion it should and must be.
John (Jack) de Yonge
Concrete

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Puppies getting help from Anacortes community:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppies_getting_help_from_anacortes_community/

Things you should know before you buy a puppy:

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/38575947.html

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January 29th, 2009:

Documents: Mom, daughters ran filthy kennels: Here is a news link to a Portland, Oregon tv news station that I was quoted in. In this article I am referred to as “Shelly”.:

http://www.katu.com/home/related/38505869.html

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/01/29/puppy_mills.html

Charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38664217.html

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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 29, 2009:

Dogs’ treatment reprehensible
It is with mixed emotions that I read the article concerning the two-county puppy mill operation that was put out of “business” in the recent “sting” operation. The reporter should be commended on a concise, orderly and objective presentation of the facts. Grisly is too kind a word to start this article; it was most polite. It was sad to see those defenseless animals being subjected to wretched conditions and treated in a way that is reprehensible, cruel and unthinkable to any human being with a scintilla of conscience.
To refer to the book of Genesis: When God commanded Adam and Eve to take dominion over the Earth and all the creatures upon it, God was not referring to exploiting them for profit; they were to be caregivers. Even common sense tells us that this type of behavior is unacceptable. What sort of “Pig-God” do these unfeeling “people” pray to?
I am glad to see the outpouring of help and compassionate care from the veterinarians and animal caregivers — such as the Skagit/Snohomish Humane Society and N.O.A.H. — and the many volunteers — both individually and collectively — who rescued and are humanely caring for the defenseless animals.
These animals would have otherwise faced a fate that is unthinkable to anyone with an ounce of compassion. My concern is, how many more of these puppy mill operations are out there that we do not know about, and how can they be stopped?
Too bad we cannot subject these “human beings” to the same punishment that they have inflicted upon man’s best friend.
Timothy T. Donovan
Mount Vernon

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Take action against dog owners
As an animal lover and a registered voter, I feel we all must insist that action be taken immediately. Those who are responsible for the cruelty and death of the animals recently in Skagit and Snohomish counties should be in jail. They should be prosecuted to the maximum, which is, in my opinion, not strict enough.
They should not be allowed to be out free where they can run and start again somewhere else. I am appalled that they are not in jail — preferably one that is outside, with no heat, no blankets, no water, no food and no bathroom facilities. Those of us who are human need to insist that the law take these inhuman monsters and put them away for a very long time.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley

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Can check charities at Web site
While reading the stomach-churning article about the animal rescue efforts by the good people from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, SPOT and the Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, I reached for my checkbook.
Then I checked Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT) on Charitable Solicitations and Trusts on the secretary of state’s Web site. I was very pleased to note that SPOT shows 93 percent of its total expenses to program services during the year reported. The donations are also tax deductible.
The secretary of state’s site is very useful when deciding where your charitable dollar should go. The site is easy to use, and there is human help available. Tax forms from the charity are also available. I clicked on Animal-Related Activities. There are many more charitable categories from which to choose.
Deanna Wagner
Sedro-Woolley

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Of nature, animal mistreatment
Regarding animal abuse:
The Jan. 11 “ropin’ and ridin’” photo inspired some research on the Internet. When asked if roping calves hurts the animal, Keith Martin, executive director of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, said publicly: “Do I think it hurts the calf? Sure I do. I’m not stupid.”
Doesn’t that put roping calves under intentional harm?
Also, the Jan. 22-23 puppy mill bust warrants a bravo to all those who made the rescue possible, including volunteers, law enforcement and numerous organizations. The service they do is of the highest form.
Mahatma Gandhi stated, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Thousands of years ago, humanity used to feel connected to all facets of nature — animals, plants and minerals. That was when humanity believed goodness resided at the core of one’s being, but that way of being was destroyed over a period of hundreds of years. There’s a long history covering why humans chose to separate from the natural world, cursing their own nature in the process.
That history is worth the time of research because, I believe, it explains why humans feel out of touch, separated, cut off and alienated from the very best part of being human — an integrated personhood. Maybe if humans felt more connected to nature, animals, plants and minerals, we wouldn’t have to belittle the innocent for the sake of entertainment, cowardly acts and profit.
Will we ever grow up?
Caroline Seibert
Mount Vernon

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Of puppy mills, lax officials
Regarding the reporting of the great number of puppies found to be in abominable conditions within the authority of our regulations:
First, how anyone could treat them so terribly and illegally is unconscionable.
Second, since that is clearly against the law, why has it been allowed to exist? The operation of these “puppy mills” has been reported to the authorities for some time. Why was nothing done?
You can only realize that your elected officials are not doing their job. From the animal regulation, the police department and our representatives, it is clear that is the case. This is just an example of the lack of attention our regulative authorities have for their jobs.
Remember this at election time.
John Spence
Mount Vernon

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Who foots bill for care of dogs seized from kennels?:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/who_foots_bill_for_care_of_dogs_seized_from_kennels/

Animal cruelty charges, lawsuit filed in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/animal_cruelty_charges_filed_in_kennel_case/

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=326822
January 30th, 2009:

Animal Cruelty Charges For Kennel Owners:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18599053/detail.html

Ken’s E-mails: I need to be put down?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38709547.html
January 31st, 2009:

Another suspected puppy mill raided:

http://www.komonews.com/news/38752932.html

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The Olympian:

Thumbs down for puppy mills.
Police have seized nearly 600 dogs from two puppy mills in Snohomish and Skagit counties. Overwhelmed animal shelters have discovered that about 80 percent of the animals are pregnant. According to court documents, the Gold Bar operation made millions of dollars a year selling the puppies — mostly Chihuahuas, shih tzus, poodles, Yorkshire terriers and so-called designer dogs. At the time of the raids, police said the dogs looked sick, had matted fur, were standing in their own feces and had been left without food and water. Fortunately, people have stepped forward with food and cash to help animal shelters cope with the influx of hundreds of sick dogs
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February 2nd, 2009:

Charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012909WAB-puppy-mill-charges-filed-SW.17012375.html?btm

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2, 2009:

Hold dog owners accountable
We have all seen the pictures and read the articles. The Seattle Times (Jan. 24) ran a headline “600 rescued dogs — and 80 percent are pregnant.” The sad situation is not new and only gets worse.
There is enough blame to go around, including for the city, county and state. It all started with greedy and uncaring individuals who should be held accountable. Thank goodness for the Humane Society, S.P.O.T., N.O.A.H. and local veterinarians, plus the many volunteers who are working hard to make a difference! It breaks my heart to see what has been done to innocent and helpless animals.
I realize there are worldwide issues (war, hunger, etc.), but it seems to me that we need to start looking at things in our own area and put pressure on our local officials to bring an end to this out-of-control situation.
Anna Mae Kinkade
Mount Vernon

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Justice for puppy mill owners
There are some people whose rights I just do not care about at all: Those who hurt women, those who hurt children and those who deliberately hurt animals.
That is just what these people who run the puppy mills in Snohomish and Mount Vernon have done. They have deliberately hurt those poor puppies! I saw one puppy that was in obvious pain and was limping because of a hurt leg or paw. I saw another puppy that will have to have his eye removed because it was damaged beyond repair.
The best justice — the only justice — would be for these people to be put in a cage no longer and no wider than the one those poor pups were in. They should also be given the exact same amount of food that they gave those puppies and be forced to live in their own feces just like those puppies did. That is the justice they deserve!
Brian Hill
Mount Vernon

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February 4th, 2009:

Gold Bar-area couple charged in puppy mill case:
They are accused of mistreating nearly 160 dogs:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090204/NEWS01/702049939#Gold.Bar-area.couple.charged.in.puppy.mill.case

Felony charges filed in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_020409WAB-puppy-mill-charges-sw.1c5ab12b.html?npc

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 4, 2009:

Need better animal protection
I am pleased to see that so many writers to the Skagit Valley Herald have been so outspoken about the puppy mills in our county and Snohomish County.
The treatment exposed by the articles is deplorable. So is the lack of legal means to bring the operators of these puppy mills to justice. There are apparently carefully worded restrictions and guidelines that have to be used in order to bring these people to justice.
Where are the lawmakers? They are in the same corner as those who craft guidelines to allow rodeos in the county. I wrote a letter to the Skagit Valley Herald in the summer protesting the abuse of the animals. I was assured by one writer that the animals were well cared for. Mrs. Sundberg said that they loved their puppies. I have to wonder.
Caroline Siebert, take note that the “calf picture” was one of the Skagit Valley Herald’s best!
Martha Williamson
Burlington

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February 5th, 2009:

Couple to pay $72k for care of seized dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39177047.html

More charges filed in dog-breeding operations:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/more_charges_filed_in_dog_breeding_operations/

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February 6th, 2009:

Kennel in puppy mill probe has long, troubled history:

Secret rooms and previous brushes with officials come to light in county documents.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090206/NEWS01/702069898#Kennel.in.puppy.mill.probe.has.long.troubled.history.

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February 7th, 2009:

Senate bill would regulate kennels:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_bill_would_regulate_kennels/

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February 8th, 2009:

Community chips in to help rescued dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090208/NEWS01/702089877

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8, 2009:

Puppy outrage; what of babies?
Outright abuse of puppies at the Little Mountain property is an atrocity that sickens me, and my hope is that the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. What amazes me is the attention our local paper has extended to this matter with daily front-page coverage for more than a week and the all-out support from members of our community. Understandable.
But where is the same cry of outrage when it comes to the wholesale slaughter and torture of our unborn children? What of the atrocities committed daily in our country against our tiniest, most helpless citizens in the name of “freedom of choice”?
Will we ever see the front pages demanding an explanation for cruelty and mistreatment that occurs during an abortion? Will we ever hear the public crying out for justice when it comes to safety for the lives of babies in the womb? When will human life be honored enough that the execution of innocents will be seen for what it is — murder and death, the result of substantial and unjustifiable physical pain inflicted on the lives of infants in utero.
Our government claims to protect women’s health and reproductive freedom, as the people protest that no one has the right to intrude on our most private family matters. Under the guise of protecting women, our government is funding (our tax dollars at work) and authorizing the destruction of 500,000 “little women” every year by authorizing the destruction of 1 million little human beings every year!
Killing our children is killing our children — no matter how many times you say, “It is a private family matter.”
Carolyn Nichols
Mount Vernon

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Throw book at kennel owners
I have found the reports of the puppy mills extremely disturbing. I say throw the book at these people. The kennel operators definitely should not have the option of getting their dogs back. Nor should they be allowed to run a kennel or even own a pet again for that matter.
Fine them. Jail them, and have them suffer as the animals that were depending on them did. Make them pay all incurred expenses and cage them to live in their own feces for awhile.
It is time we quit slapping the wrists of heartless human beings who abuse and neglect animals. It is time we show them that animals have rights, too.
Darlene Honea
Burlington

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February 9th, 2009:

Lawmakers consider bill targeting puppy mills:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39342082.html

Here is where you can watch the legislative hearings on the “Puppy Mill Bill”, from yesterday, February 9th, 2009.:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfmccode=M&bhcp=1&CFID=2281514&CFTOKEN=73734744

Pet abuse deserves more punishment:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/letters/story/789403.html

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February 10th, 2009:

New Law Would Regulate Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18677601/detail.html

Article in the Skagit Valley Herald newspaper, for Marjorie and Richard Sundberg. The Sundberg’s DID NOT show up in court this morning, on February 10th, 2009, in Skagit County, Mt. Vernon, Washington. Now they can be arrested.

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/warrant_issued_for_dog_owners_arrest/

Arrest warrant issued for woman charged in puppy mill case:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/10/arrest_warrant_issued_for_woma.html

Accused puppy mill owners a no show in court:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

Stop inhumane puppy mills in Washington state:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008730289_opinb11paul.html

Arrest warrant issued for woman in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021009WAB-puppy-mill-arraign-sw.1e6b0f7.html

VIDEO: State Lawmakers Considering Crackdown On Puppy Mills:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18683216/index.html

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090211/NEWS01/702119785

Another dog confiscation case goes to court:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/another_dog_confiscation_case_goes_to_court/

Prosecutor: Accused puppy mill owner had filed for court delay:

http://www.komonews.com/news/39380702.html

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February 11th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Everett Animal Shelter given control of seized dogs

By Jackson Holtz
Herald Writer

EVERETT — Custody of the nearly 160 dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill near Gold Bar was turned over to the Everett Animal Shelter on Monday.

The dogs that were seized by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers Jan. 16 won’t be ready for adoption for at least a month, officials said.

First, the dogs will undergo careful evaluation by a veterinarian, Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. The city operates the shelter.

Dogs requiring specialized care will be transferred to breed-­specific rescue groups, Reardon said. The remaining dogs, about 100, will be placed in foster homes where the animals’ temperament and other traits will be tested in a home environment.

“All the foster families that are going to be reached out to in this effort are approved, trained. They know how to do this,” Reardon said.

Once ready, the city plans to host an adoption event where anyone interested can apply and may go home with a pet.

The selection process is being worked out.

“If you’re not on a list somewhere, don’t worry, there will be time, I promise,” she said.

The dogs’ former owners failed to meet a Friday deadline to post more than $72,000 worth of bonds or to petition a court to prevent the dogs’ transfer.

The couple who lived in the Gold Bar-area home where the dogs were found were charged in Everett District Court last week with six counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s officials say the Gold Bar-area dogs are connected to Renee Roske and Mary Anne Holleman, two sisters who ran a Snohomish kennel. The puppy mill investigation lead officials from the sisters’ business to a Mount Vernon-area kennel run by their mother, Marjorie Sundberg.

Skagit County sheriff’s officials seized around 450 dogs from Sund­berg’s home.

Sundberg was charged in Skagit County Jan. 29 with four counts of animal cruelty. She failed to appear in court Tuesday for her arraignment.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 11, 2009:

Voice opposition to puppy mills
Recently, 443 small dogs were impounded from one puppy mill in Skagit County. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley volunteers and staff have been personally affected by the mental and physical state of these animals. Although, true to the nature of dogs, their capacity to forgive and love is still strong. It is amazing after a life of abuse how hard these little dogs are trying to learn to give back to us.
Your voice of opposition to these puppy mills is needed now! Here’s what you can do:
• Contact your local prosecutor’s office, and urge officials to consider first-degree cruelty charges. Currently, only four second-degree charges have been filed, which are misdemeanors.
• Let everyone know the horrible “truth” behind that cute little puppy for sale in a pet shop window — how the mother has suffered to bring you that pup.
• Please continue to volunteer for cleaning and care of all of the animals at the shelter. We need your ongoing help.
• If you are good at writing, send a letter every month to the editor, TV stations and whomever else offers this service. Be persistent.
• Call your legislators. Urge them to support Senate Bill 5651, which would regulate dog kennels to prevent puppy mills and assure humane housing and living conditions. The Humane Society of Skagit Valley does not support the enclosure specifications included in the bill; however, there is more right than wrong with Senate Bill 5651. It is definitely a start in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and volunteered. Keep it up, especially since it could be a long battle. We have started strong, and let’s finish strong!
Sandy Nelson, director
Humane Society of Skagit Valley
Burlington

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February 12th, 2009:

Puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/12/puppy_mills_1.html

Couple charged with felony counts in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/couple_charged_with_felony_counts_in_kennel_case/

More charges filed in Skagit County puppy mill case:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39528242.html

Bill aims to regulate puppy mills:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/feb/12/bill-aims-regulate-puppy-mills/

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

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February 13th, 2009:

The Everett Herald:

PUPPY MILLS

Deplorable acts need punishing

I’m not surprised to read about cruelty, brutality, and the total absence of compassion in the pursuit of the dollar. Or just for the hell of it. I’d heard of “puppy mills” but never knew exactly what that meant. The gruesome, sickening details and the suffering heaped on the helpless. I know now.

I have always found it impossible to get my mind around how anyone could abuse or neglect a child. Yet they do. We read these things that haunt us all the time. Now the puppy mill where hundreds of dogs are found. Neglected and forgotten, except to churn out puppies to be sold to unsuspecting buyers. Dog lovers.

I am thankful that more than 600 dogs have been rescued from Snohomish and Skagit counties and are now being cared for and are discovering human kindness for the first time. I can only hope that those responsible will be prosecuted. And then, if there is any justice in this world, they will live out their worthless lives in a prison cell. I hold no expectation that they will get what they deserve but we can hold the thought.

One more thing we can do is support the agencies that are caring for these animals with our dollars.

Beverlee Bowman Price
Edmonds

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“Love Sucks,” a comedy show to benefit rescued puppy-mill dogs:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/musicnightlife/2008738397_zmus13lovesucks.html

Deplorable acts need punishing:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090213/OPINION02/702139984

Furry Friends Festival to benefit dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/younews/39600037.html
February 14th, 2009:

Charges added in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090214/NEWS01/702149942

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February 15th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15, 2009:

Pet buyers have responsibility
Many of us are sickened and enraged by the huge puppy mills recently raided by law enforcement. These dogs lived in conditions that would be illegal for chickens, but there are no state or federal regulations to protect them.
I did a little research and discovered there are thousands of greedy dog breeders in this country, only caring about profit. Kudos to our county for working to do something to change things here.
But these kennels wouldn’t be in business if no one bought their mass-produced pets. The pet-buying public has a responsibilty here: Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Responsible breeders want to meet you and check you out. They would never ship puppies off to a store.
Don’t buy a sickly puppy because you feel sorry for it and want to rescue it. You are buying heartache and vet bills for yourself, and perpetuating the cruelty. Report sickly puppies to your humane society or local rescue group.
Never buy a pet on an impulse. Dogs can live 10 to 18 years. Are you willing to make that commitment?
Always see where the puppy was raised and meet its parents. If you think that is too much trouble, you have no business buying a dog. Check out the Humane Society for more information.
Jan Gordon
Bow

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February 16th, 2009:

Seized pups gaining weight, confidence:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/39693182.html

Animal shelter robbed of dog and cat food:

http://www.king5.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=333255

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February 17th, 2009:

Shelter caring for puppy mill dogs to hold fundraiser:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_021709WAB-puppy-mill-costs-SW.26e73ab3.html?btm

Link to Animal Festival on Saturday 02/21/09:

http://www.furryfriendsfestival.com/

Puppy mill dogs putting financial drain on animal shelters:

http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=333177

Raw: Latest video of rescued puppy mill dogs:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=333125

See the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” & Help Rescued Puppies!:

http://www.komonews.com/news/preview/39742232.html

World’s Toughest Rodeo presents ‘Toughest Cowboy’:

http://www.comcastarenaeverett.com/MainArena/Events/General.ashx?p=65&69_evntdt=640&69_evnt=448

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17, 2009:

‘Rescue’ next dog from shelter
As a local pet groomer, I see evidence of puppy mill dogs and unhealthy or misrepresented dogs way too much. Usually the owner is quick to defend that “The woman was so nice and really cared.” That they “rescued” the dog … for a steep price or the dog is a “rare breed.” Some of these folks are naive and some are just soft-hearted.
I urge these folks to use their soft hearts to please rescue a pet from an overcrowded shelter the next time instead of encouraging these puppy mills to pump out litter after litter for pure profit, especially at a time of people losing their homes. I have on many occasions had to report suspected puppy mills only to later hear from neighbors that “they just don’t open their door” for the officer. They laugh at the law.
Every dog that I have ever owned has been a shelter or rescue dog and I’d like to think that they appreciate the second chance at life. There will never be enough homes, especially with the many loopholes in our legal system that continue to allow these people to profit at the expense of these helpless animals. I see a slap on the wrist coming on! The greed is well worth it to the puppy mill operators. I am pleading for our local prosecutors to throw a library of books at these “people.” We have to speak up for the helpless now.
Germaine Kornegay
Burlington

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February 18th, 2009:

“Anyone who has done business with Wags ’n’ Wiggles or owner Renee Roske – purchasing a puppy, for example – is asked to e-mail detectives at puppyinvestigation@snoco.org and describe their experience,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said this afternoon.

Suspect in Snohomish County puppy mill case tries to keep business:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/702189811

Customers help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090218/NEWS01/902189961

Puppy mills and puppy bills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/18/puppy_mills_and_puppy_bills.html

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February 19th, 2009:

Dog buyers’ help sought in puppy mill case:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090219/NEWS01/702199885

Dog custody, cost issues yet to be resolved in kennel case:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/dog_custody_cost_issues_yet_to_be_resolved_in_kennel_case/

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February 20th, 2009:

Kennel owner says she is a ‘reputable dog breeder’:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_says_she_is_a_reputable_dog_breeder/

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February 21st, 2009:

Fundraiser to help dogs seized recently: ARTICLE:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090221/LIVING/702219966

Fundraiser today for dogs rescued from puppy mills:

http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=334611

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February 23rd, 2009:

Reputed puppy mill thrived despite a history of trouble:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008774191_puppy23m.html

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February 24th, 2009:

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

Oregon weighs law targeting puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/oregon_weighs_law_targeting_pu.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Who’s to blame in alleged puppy mill case?:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40259667.html

Oregon puppy mill hearing draws huge crowd:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/401220_puppymill25.html

Couple charged in puppy mill case say they can’t afford an attorney:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/02/24/couple_charged_in_puppy_mill_c.html

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February 25th, 2009:

Man with 160 dogs ‘didn’t know it was illegal’:
The couple charged with running an alleged puppy mill make their first appearance in court.:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090225/NEWS01/702259731

Puppy-mill operators should pay for sick animals:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2008782074_editb25puppy.html

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February 26th, 2009:

Accused puppy mill owners plead not guilty:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40394992.html

Not guilty plea in puppy mill case:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_022609WAB-puppy-mill-sundberg-plea-SW.7289038.html

Kennel owners enter not guilty pleas:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_enter_not_guilty_pleas/
Kids pitch in to help rescued dogs:
http://www.king5.com/video/animal-index.html?nvid=336482

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February 27th, 2009:

Gold Bar couple deny they’re responsible for kennel’s condition – pair say they were duped by owners:‏
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090227/NEWS01/702279842&news01ad=1#Gold.Bar.couple.deny.theyre.responsible.for.kennels.condition

Kennel owners plead not guilty to 10 charges:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owners_plead_not_guilty_to_10_charges/

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February 28th, 2009:

Bill to stop puppy mills:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/northwestvoices/2009/02/28/bill_to_stop_puppy_mills.html

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March 1st, 2009:

Vets go extra mile for puppy mill dogs:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40514182.html

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March 3rd, 2009:

PUPPY MILL:

There are many unanswered questions:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090303/OPINION02/703039988

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March 4th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs/

Puppy mill dogs could be up for adoption soon:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html?btm

Seized dogs finally up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/40755577.html

Skagit Couple Forfeits More Than 400 Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18856652/detail.html

March 5th, 2009:

Owners give up seized dogs:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/owners_give_up_seized_dogs

SeattleInsider: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SeattleInsider Hangs With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’s’ 1,500 Pound Bull:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866172/index.html

SeattleInsider: Q & A With ‘World’s Toughest Cowboy’ Bullfighter:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18866295/index.html

Puppy mill dogs getting ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/north/stories/NW_030409WAB-puppy-mill-KC.3c5072e.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

DENIED!: Owner of alleged puppy mill loses kennel license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090305/NEWS01/703059876

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March 6th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 6, 2009:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/letters_to_the_editor_march_6_2009/

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Thanks for supporting S.P.O.T.
S.P.O.T. would like to thank all of you for your tremendous support, tangible and monetary donations during the recent puppy mill raids. The outpouring of support has been phenomenal. And the donations keep rolling in! From Skagit County to Texas to Ontario, donations are pouring in from all over the United States and Canada.
From the 9-year-old who, instead of gifts for herself for her birthday, asked her guests to bring gifts and donations for the puppies; to the gentleman who walked from house to house in his neighborhood collecting hundreds and hundreds of dollars in donations; to Palmer’s, Girls Giving Back, Furry Faces Foundation and other groups who raised thousands of dollars at fundraisers they put on to support the dogs from these mills. All of you are wonderful and these dogs are certainly the beneficiaries of your kindness.
We’d also like to thank all of the shelters, rescuers, fosters and volunteers who are taking care of these dogs. They are now in environments that are providing the necessary food, shelter, love and attention that they so desperately need and deserve.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Teresa Steiner
S.P.O.T. president
Bellingham

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Animal control let us down
I understand the defendants in the animal abuse charges are making ludicrous claims that the animals were only a hobby and were well taken care of, etc. The actual conditions abnegate those statements, the animals were abused, sick and uncared for. The delay of trial because their attorney is not available is costing the county up to $400 a day and should not be allowed. The culprits should be fined, jailed and their property confiscated at once. The animal control officials are not doing their jobs, when an illegal condition of this magnitude is allowed to last as long as this has. The entire deterioration of the financial situation is caused because adequate control of this type is allowed to exist. My neighbor has jokingly suggested the elected officials should all be subjected to a WASL and morality test before taking offices. Sounds like a good idea.
John Spence
Mount Vernon

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65 dogs from alleged puppy mill up for adoption:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/903069972&news01ad=1#65.dogs.from.alleged.puppy.mill.up.for.adoption

Dogs seized from alleged puppy mill available for adoption:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/06/dogs_seized_from_alleged_puppy.html

How To Adopt Dogs Seized In Gold Bar Raid:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18872215/detail.html

Ride’em, cowboy! KOMO’s Mike Ferreri goes to the rodeo:

http://www.komonews.com/home/video/40811952.html?video=pop&t=a

65 puppy mill dogs up for adoption:

http://www.komonews.com/news/40877167.html

Seized dogs fill up shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090306/NEWS01/703069863

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March 7th, 2009:

68 dogs ready for adoption from shelter:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090307/NEWS01/703079940

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Letters to the Editor: Skagit Valley Herald:

Rescued dogs were in agony
We volunteer at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and have spent time with the rescued dogs involved in the recent puppy mill busts. Nothing could have prepared us for what we experienced when we were with the rescued dogs. We are quite aware we did not see the worst cases. It was immediately evident by the expressions and body language of every dog that they have been through horror and torture.
We know these are very strong words but they don’t even begin to convey the depth of agony these dogs are in. Some dogs cowered in the corner and when we reached for them or got near them, their entire bodies were shaking and quivering. Some of the dogs were so needy for attention, they continually jumped and were extremely frantic.
We have seen some of the dogs with rotten teeth and others don’t have any teeth at all. Most of the dogs have their vocal chords removed. The absolutely frightened and panicked looks on their faces are unforgettable and will haunt us for years to come.
The dogs do not seem to know anything about human contact. We have seen some stare at their food bowls not able to comprehend what is in there. The pain, misery, sorrow and trauma these animals have had to endure will take a long time to heal if ever.
There is no way to undo the tremendous far-reaching harm and damage caused. The dogs cannot talk, they cannot go to therapy, they cannot do anything except take what is given to them. The dogs are helpless victims. This is a tragic situation that has left each dog in shock. Please check out the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. There are many ways to help. We all owe it to these innocent victims.
Karen Roberts
Sedro-Woolley

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Dogs should not go back
So the kennel owners charged with neglect want the dogs back. Well, I say no! Unfortunately it is not my decision. I can only ask what kind of people are we if this is allowed?
These dogs need love, proper food, and living conditions. I have talked to many in the area about the reported conditions these animals were in. All of the people I have talked with feel the dog owners should not be allowed any contact with the dogs and also feel they should not be allowed to ever own another animal.
Abuse is abuse whether it is toward another human being, an animal or property. If you abuse another human being, you go to prison, if you abuse or destroy property, you are made to pay restitution and serve time. The animals rescued need the same justice. Justice for those that have died, those that have suffered and those still to be born.
Skagit County and its residents needs to stand strong and shout “This kind of abuse will not go unpunished. We will not allow this to continue.” Let us become the voice for God’s creatures who cannot speak for themselves.
Nancy Trythall
Sedro-Woolley

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March 10th, 2009:

Kennel owner will get some dogs back:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/kennel_owner_will_get_some_dogs_back/

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March 11th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_xgr_puppy_mills.html

Senate passes puppy mill bill:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41132937.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/784388.html

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/827094.html

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March 12th, 2009:

Senate passes bill cracking down on puppy mills:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/senate_passes_bill_cracking_down_on_puppy_mills/

Front porch: Grandmas in local history: They are having a benefit to raise money for the Gold Bar puppies:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090312/NEWS01/703129900

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March 14th, 2009:

Prosecutors given more time to file Gold Bar dog charges:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090314/NEWS01/703149881

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March 17th, 2009:

Letters to the Editor, March 17th, 2009:
March 17th, 2009:

Breeders should live like dogs
It was with great glee when I heard the (alleged) puppy mill owners might get a jail sentence, however in retrospect that is much too good for them. I believe all their property should be confiscated and sold to take care of all the vet bills, etc., that have incurred because of their neglect and they should be put in a cage in a dark basement, fed gruel once a day and left to live in their own feces and urine for the rest of their lives.
The county officials that let this happen should be put in the same situation for a couple of weeks, maybe they would be more serious about doing their job.
No breeder needs more than 10 dogs.
There should be surprise ongoing inspections monthly.
Pet stores should be banned from selling pets; adoptions from shelters should be their priority.
People that abuse animals for the almighty dollar make me sick.
Leilani Erps
Camano Island

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Rodeo collects food for dogs from alleged puppy mill:

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/crime/2009/03/17/rodeo_collects_dog_food_for_al.html

Foster Care Needed For Rescued Dogs:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18950798/detail.html

Rescued puppy mill dogs need homes:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_031709WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-adoption-SW.44dfc4d4.html?btm

Seattle Humane Society Rescues Dogs in Puppy Mill Raid:

http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/news/puppy-mill

See photos of the rescued pups in our care.:

http://seattlehumane.jalbum.net/PuppyMillRescue/

Hear Brenda Barnette’s interview on KOMO 1000 Newsradio.

Consumer man Herb Weisbaum interviews Seattle Humane CEO Brenda Barnette about the difference between puppy mills and reputable breeders.

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‘And I just fell in love with her eyes’:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/41408452.html

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March 19th, 2009:
Dogs rescued from puppy mills ready for adoption:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=343523

House Judiciary Committee: Public: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, SSB 5651:

http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?evid=2009031103&TYPE=V&CFID=3063653&CFTOKEN=17668139&bhcp=1

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March 22nd, 2009:

Adopt from reputable breeders or shelters to avoid puppy mill pets:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/adopt_from_reputable_breeders_or_shelters_to_avoid_puppy_mill_pets/

Stop and think before getting that new puppy!:

http://www.examiner.com/x-4929-Portland-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d22-Stop-and-think-before-getting-that-new-puppy

Raw: Dozens of puppy mill dogs go to new homes:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=344474

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March 23rd, 2009:

The Olympian: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/796216.html

Tacoma-The News Tribune: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/northwest/story/685026.html

The Bellingham Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/842211.html

Skagit Valley Herald: Puppy mill dogs adopted from Everett shelter:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/puppy_mill_dogs_adopted_from_everett_shelter/

Dogs from suspected puppy mill meet their new families:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090323/NEWS01/703239912

Puppy mill dogs get new homes:

http://www.king5.com/animals/news/stories/NW_032209WAB-puppy-mill-dogs-families-SW.5f81d366.html

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March 24th, 2009:

Breeder wants county to return seized dogs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/703249858

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March 26th, 2009:

A MUST WATCH TOMORROW ON FRIDAY MARCH 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time) that is 8:35 p.m. Seattle, WA time.: TV Alert: March 27, ABC’s Nightline will be investigating puppy mills:

http://www.examiner.com/x-5831-NY-Animal-Welfare-Examiner~y2009m3d26-TV-Alert-March-27-ABCs-Nightline-will-be-investigating-puppy-mills

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Did you see the legislative review today? Listen to the whole video, because the legislators take a break, and then come back in with their decisions on these bills. Here is the link: Event Date: March 26, 2009 10:00am

Event Description:
Exec: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, ESSB 5651
Video: http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?EvID=2009030190&CFID=3140763&CFTOKEN=77712911&bhcp=1

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Lawsuit halts return of dogs to kennel owner:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawsuit_halts_return_of_dogs_to_kennel_owners/

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March 28th, 2009:

Seattle Humane Society has more puppy mill rescues up for adoption:

http://www.examiner.com/x-2111-Tacoma-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m3d28-Seattle-Humane-Society-has-more-puppy-mill-rescues-up-for-adoption

PUPPY MILL:
Kennel owners should have to cover costs:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/OPINION02/703289996

County official denies return of dog breeder’s license:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090328/NEWS01/703289926

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April 3rd, 2009:

Skagit County hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/video/?z=y&nvid=348740

Skagit Co. hit with puppy mill lawsuit:

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_040309WAB-puppy-mill-lawsuit-TP.9cc20d18.html?btm

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April 6th, 2009:

Missouri tries to shed reputation as ‘puppy mill’:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008993993_apmissouripuppymills.html

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April 11th, 2009:

Dachshund rescued from puppy mill finds home in Birch Bay:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/866810.html

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April 12th, 2009:

Puppy-mill survivor takes to new home:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009025548_rescueddog12m.html

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April 20th, 2009:

Wash. lawmakers approve crackdown on puppy mills:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009089322_apwaxgrpuppymills.html

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April 21st, 2009:

Toledo woman, Theresa Hutton, convicted of mistreating daughter also had a puppy mill:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090421/NEWS03/704219721

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The Everett Herald:

Legislators approve puppy mill crackdown

The Legislature has approved a measure cracking down on dog breeders who operate puppy mills.

Under the bill, dog breeders and owners would be barred from owning more than 50 dogs over 6 months old that are not neutered or spayed.

Anyone who has more than 10 unaltered dogs that spend most of their time in pens must house the dogs in clean and dry conditions. Dogs would have to be provided with food, water and exercise.

The Senate, on a 43-4 vote Monday, sent the measure to Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval.

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April 23rd, 2009:

Breeder in puppy mill investigation sued by dog owner:

http://heraldnet.com/article/20090423/NEWS01/704239934

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April 27th, 2009:

Lawmakers didn’t ignore local issues:

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/lawmakers_didnt_ignore_local_issues/

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Theresa Hutton ~ Puppy/Cat Mill (Toledo, WA)

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
June 15, 2007:Murky drinking water, deadly virus found at dog rescue:http://search.komonews.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=Murky+drinking+water
TOLEDO, Wash. – Animal cruelty charges are pending against a horse owner and dog breeder who may now also be in violation of a quarantine involving a deadly disease in Lewis County.The case involves a dozen horses and more than a hundred dogs. Lewis County health officials are checking the property northeast of Toledo.The place calls itself Three Mountains Dog Rescue. The health officers have been here before and found more than 120 dogs in outdoor cages with murky drinking water.Officials found indications that the deadly brucellosis virus may be spreading through the dogs. 41 had to be euthanized, we’re told.Those horses were seized.A quarantine order was slapped on the place because of the dog disease.Lewis County prosecutor Mike Golden is investigating allegations that the property owner brought in more dogs, violating the quarantine.”Potentially the court could order if it finds her in contempt, could order all of those animals be removed,” said Golden. “The fact that she may or may not have too many dogs on the property is one issue. But what really has her in trouble now with the law is that horse. She’s not supposed to have any horses here.””I think it’s horrible. I’m appalled. I think it’s horrible,” said Tonja Nichols, a neighbor. “I know this is the country and people can have animals, but animals have rights and they should be treated well.”We tried and failed to get a response from owner Theresa Hutton. She told us earlier that she doesn’t hurt animals; she rescues them.”It just seems really wrong and unjust,” said Nichols. Animal rights folks see horses that need new homes and dogs that may have been given a death sentence because of what they fear is an unchecked spread of brucellosis.The Lewis County prosecutor will make an animal cruelty charging decision next week.
July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old girl missing from Lewis County home: Video:
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052July 2nd, 2007:12-year-old missing girl located:
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.html” target=”_blank”
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_070207WAB_lewiscounty_missinggirl_SW.36cf6cfe.htmlBy JANE MCCARTHY / KING 5 News
Katie HuttonTOLEDO, Wash. – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Dept. on Monday was searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since late Saturday night. Search-and-rescue crews were notified after someone spotted the girl walking along a road Monday evening. Katie Hutton’s mother told Lewis County sheriff’s deputies she and her daughter got into an argument at their Toledo-area home Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, her mother says, Katie and her pink bicycle were gone. She said she looked most of the day before reporting Katie missing just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
Video
http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=156052″ target=”_blank”
Katie Hutton missing since Saturday
Katie is very small for a 12-year-old – standing just 3 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 60 pounds. Neighbor Tonja Nichols searched her own five acres for the little girl. “And I obviously didn’t find anything. I’m very upset, my kids are upset. I can’t sleep,” she said. The sheriff says it doesn’t appear Katie has ever run away. There has been stress in the family as of late. Katie’s mother, Theresa, who says she runs a dog rescue, is being investigated for animal neglect. A few weeks ago, police and health officials swept through the property and euthanized 41 dogs with a contagious animal disease called brucellosis. “We were there several times on official business… had nothing to do with child abuse or anything like that, but we were there because of the dogs, and that would heighten someone’s sense of uneasiness,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield. Deputies were hoping leads would come from talking with neighbors and searching the thick woods in case the little girl has simply lost her way.
Allegedly ill-kept dogs seized:
By April Chan The Olympian • Published August 15, 2007
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/191408.html Fifty-four dogs seized from a Toledo home remain under quarantine, Lewis County Animal Services spokeswoman Amy Clark said Wednesday. The dogs were taken after the owner failed to appear in Lewis County District Court to face animal-cruelty charges related to horses on the property. The dogs were living in filthy conditions, and many didn’t have food or clean water, Clark said. Up to 80 dogs were left on the property because the shelter couldn’t accommodate them, she said.Theresa Hutton of Toledo was arrested Aug. 9. She was released Friday on her own recognizance after making her court appearance, prosecutor Michael Golden said. Hutton said she wasn’t aware of the mandatory court appearance. Officers took only small, expensive and rare breeding dogs, Hutton said.“The dogs were fat and healthy except for the two with mange,” she said. Their living area hadn’t been cleaned, and they didn’t have food and water because she was in jail, she said.In April, the state Department of Agriculture placed Hutton’s property under quarantine after veterinarians saw dogs infected with canine brucellosis and traced the disease to her residence, Clark said.County staff has tested animals at the property several times for further infection, and 41 have been euthanized, Hutton said.Hutton is scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 5 to follow up on the three counts against her regarding the horses, Golden said.The charges came about after Lewis County investigators filed a petition regarding 11 horses in her care. The animals reportedly did not have adequate shelter or clean water and were confined for extended periods. Several reportedly had split hooves or overgrown hooves and areas of rot.Hutton’s children are living with a relative as she continues to fight the animal cruelty charges, she said. The relative had reportedly filed a parenting petition after Hutton’s 12-year-old daughter ran away from home. A judge decided there was reason to investigate and has instructed that Hutton can see her children once a week for now.“They just want to come home,” Hutton said of her children. “They ask about how their animals are doing. My 5-year-old has never been away from me. It’s just so traumatizing it’s unbelievable.”

April 15, 2009:
Chehalis Mom On Trial For Starving, Abusing Child: Video included:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/19191894/detail.html
CHEHALIS, Wash. — A Chehalis mother is on trial on charges of criminally mistreating her child.
Charges came after a raid on Theresa Hutton’s property in June 2007 to rescue animals, not children.
More than 40 dogs and two horses bred by Hutton had to be euthanized after contracting a deadly disease while living in filthy conditions.
Prosecutors said Hutton also mistreated her young daughter on the property, forcing her to sleep outside on hay without any blankets, feeding her little and subjecting her to bizarre and painful punishment.
A teacher testified on Wednesday about the girl being very small. Prosecutors said the abuse the girl suffered led to a form of dwarfism.
School staff said they also witnessed her hoarding food.
“In the beginning she would steal food and want to take it home. She was hungry. She would voice that she was hungry,” said school employee Kim Satcher.
The little girl was also responsible for cleaning up pens for a nearly 100 dogs before going to school and would arrive filthy.
“She had a very strong odor. She would often have feces on her,” Satcher said.
The girl, who grew 2 inches and gained 6 pounds in six months after being removed from her mother’s care, also took the stand on Wednesday.
KIRO 7 was asked not to record her testimony, but among other things she said that she hid food from school in trees near her home, that her mom would hit her with rocks and sticks and that once her mom made her dig a hole to bury a horse.
She also said her mother threatened to tie a brick to her leg and throw it in the pond.
The girl testified that she was not allowed to use the bathroom inside and that on the nights she was allowed to sleep inside, she would have to sleep in a closet.
She also said her mom had a form of punishment called the “cockroach” where she would basically do toe touches with straight legs for hours on end.
When asked what would have happened if she would have stayed with her mother, the girl said she probably would have died.

April 21, 2009:
Woman Found Guilty Of Nearly Starving Daughter To Death:
LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. — After little more than an hour of deliberation, a jury found a Lewis County woman guilty on Monday of nearly starving her daughter to death.
Theresa Hutton could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors said Hutton also forced her daughter to sleep outside.
Investigators said they discovered the abuse two years ago when they raided Hutton’s Toledo-area property to seize neglected animals.
Police said the abuse and lack of food caused the girl, now 13, to develop a form of dwarfism.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The Everett Herald: Published: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009:Toledo woman convicted of mistreating daughter:
Associated Press CHEHALIS — A Toledo woman who withheld food and water from her 13-year-old daughter, made her sleep outdoors and care for more than 100 dogs has been convicted of criminal mistreatment.KITI and KELA report it took the Lewis County Superior Court jury less than an hour Monday to return the verdict against Theresa Hutton.Her daughter had run away and weighed less than 60 pounds when she was found.Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes could ask for up to five years in prison when the 35-year-old woman is sentenced later this month in Chehalis.Last summer, Hutton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after a disease led to euthanizing more than 40 dogs she had been raising in what county officials believe was a puppy mill.

Theresa & Katherine Hutton – Puppy/Cat Mill!!! (Toledo, WA)
This woman is a puppy/cat mill. She runs the above ad on CL. Her name is: “Theresa Hutton” and “Katherine Hutton” and “Kristeena Hutton”, and they lives at: 181 – Kinzie Road, Toledo, WA 98591. The animals are all in cages outside of her trailer home. The woman is covered in mud, and animal feces/urine, and is real filthy. The animals have no water or food. She yells at the animals. The cats are all caged together, and climbing up the sides of the pen and screaming! She already had over 100 animals taken from her, and yet she still has many animals being severely neglected!! She also has a current court case regarding this matter. The police said “we can not go beyond her LOCKED GATE without a warrant”. We need to do more to put a stop to this woman, and her neglect and cruelty to these animals!!

There is NO BUSINESS LICENSE and NO KENNEL LICENSE!!
Lewis County Assessor/Treasurer Information for

Parcel #014700026000
Parcel Number: 014700026000
Use Code: 18
Other Residential Parcel Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA
TCA: 510
Owner Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Current Use Flag: No
Owner Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Total Acres: 5.00
Taxpayer Name: HUTTON , THERESA
Partial Legal Description: Section 25 Township 12N Range 01W PT SW4 NE4 LOT 17 CHEHALIS PARK DIV II ROS 5/54 Taxpayer Address: 181 KINZIE RD TOLEDO WA 98591
Property Values Tax Year Assessed Value Land Value Improvement Value Current Use Land Taxable Value Regular Taxable Value Excess
2009 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2008 $56,000 $41,000 $15,000 — $56,000 $56,000
2007 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
2006 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 — $40,000 $40,000
Sales Sale Date Sale Amount Seller Name Buyer Name Auditor File Number 05/08/1995 $18,000.00 MONSON, CHRISTOPHER M. JOHNSON, STEVE 0650/0219 03/05/2002 $22,000.00 JOHNSON, STEVE HUTTON THERESA 3133438

Here is the court record of civil and criminal charges regarding “Theresa Ann Hutton”:

55 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01330 08-23-2007
56 Hutton, Theresa Plaintiff Lewis County Dist Y7-C01409 09-05-2007
57 Hutton, Theresa Judgment Creditor G H Co Superior 06-9-01439-3 08-18-2006 58 Hutton, Theresa Petitioner G H Co Superior 06-3-00179-6 05-05-2006
59 Hutton, Theresa Respondent Lewis County Dist Y0-H00132 08-18-2000
60 Hutton, Theresa A H/w Defendant Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-00785-1 07-19-1993
61 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000184 07-13-2007
62 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist 7Y0000238 11-19-2007
63 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038075 07-30-2007
64 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038471 10-12-2007
65 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038540 10-01-2007
66 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00038878 10-31-2007
67 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039046 10-08-2007
68 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039085 10-01-2007
69 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039100 10-29-2007
70 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039128 10-08-2007
71 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039154 10-22-2007
72 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039157 10-29-2007
73 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039327 11-26-2007
74 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039405 11-20-2007
75 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist I00039409 11-26-2007
76 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis Co Superior 08-1-00491-5 07-25-2008
77 Hutton, Theresa Ann Petitioner Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01477-4 12-07-1998
78 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-00986-0 08-19-1998 79 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 98-2-01426-0 11-20-1998 80 Hutton, Theresa Ann Respondent Lewis Co Superior 07-3-00256-3 06-20-2007 81 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00071960 11-29-1995
82 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Cowlitz District C03250KE 06-05-1996
83 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00074441 08-25-1998
84 Hutton, Theresa Ann Defendant Lewis County Dist C00077166 11-21-1995
85 Hutton, Theresa Ann (sunshine) Respondent Lewis Co Superior 95-2-01332-3 11-20-1995
86 Hutton, Theresa H/w Plaintiff Cowlitz Superior Ct 93-2-01179-3 10-21-1993

Animal Planet ~ TRIAL of firemen for murder of Karley

Monday 4-27-09 …Animal Planet Exposes Puppy Mills:
www.network.bestfriends.org/news/print.aspx?np=33658
Family’s dog murdered in front of witnesses, by off duty Fire Dept employee -TRIAL:
http://www.justice4karley.com/

How Could You ~ You Broke My Heart

How Could You ~ You Broke My HeartBy Jim Willis, copyright 2001 When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.Whenever I was”bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” — but then you’d relent, and roll me over for a bellyrub.My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” –still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch — because your touch was now so infrequent — and I would have defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject. I had gone from being “your dog” to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You’ve made the right decision for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family. I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness.You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.” They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with “papers.”You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy! Please don’t let them take my dog!” And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first,whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind — that this was all a bad dream … or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room.She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.”She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself — a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not directed at her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
The EndA note from the author:If “How Could You?” brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and Canadian animal shelters. Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice.Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay and neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.
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Friday, May 1, 2009

SB5651 (Puppy Mill Bill) PASSES House Floor Debate, on April 8th, 2009

SB5651 PASSES House Floor Debate
April 8th, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m. The link that I provide below is the hearing for SB5651, on the House Floor Debate, on April 8th, 2009. Enjoy! There were two amendments that went for vote on the House Floor, as well. They were Amendment 490, in which no one showed to testify, and therefore it FAILED. The second amendment was Amendment 516, and there were two people who testified in regards to Amendment 516, and they were Rep. Judy Warnick, from the 13th District (Moses Lake), and she urged a “Yes Vote” to support this amendment (which FAILED). The second person to testify on Amendment 516 was Rep. Jamie Pedersen, from the 43rd District (Seattle), and he urged a “No Vote” against this amendment (which FAILED). In regards to SB5651 (the actual bill) there were three people to testify on this bill. The first person was Rep. Jamie Pedersen, from the 43rd District (Seattle), and he urged a “Yes Vote”, in support of SB5651. He also testified that eight (8) months ago his family adopted a young Mini Golden Doodle, from a puppy mill, not knowing what it was at the time. The second person to testify was Rep. Judy Warnick, from the 13th District (Moses Lake), and she urged a “No Vote” against SB5651. The third person to testify was Rep. Tom Campbell (one of my favorites), from the 2nd District (Roy), and he urged a “Yes Vote”, in support of SB5651. Rep. Tom Campell has five (5) Rottweiler’s of his own, and is a true animal lover.
When you click on the link below to watch the video you will see the minutes left remaining in the video appear in the bottom right hand corner. If you move the cursor at the bottom of the video until the minutes remaining say “12:20” it will be at the end of the previous bill heard, and start at the begining of the bill, for SB5651. Enjoy, and Thank You to everyone who supported this bill, testified on the bills behalf, and for the work that everyone did towards this bill.
Event Date:
April 08, 2009 3:30pm
Event Description:The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for regular floor session on pending legislation, including ESSB 5651 (Dog breeding practices), in Olympia (afternoon session).
RUNTIME:40 min
http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?evid=2009040078B&TYPE=V&CFID=3502693&CFTOKEN=65480041&bhcp=1

Ausland Aussie’s ~ Kristi L. Finch-Thomas‏

Ausland Aussie’s ~ Kristi L. Finch-Thomas‏
Thomas, Kristi LynnDefendant
Skagit Superior
Case #09-1-00203-6
Filed on: 03-16-2009
Listed above is the criminal charges filed in Skagit County Superior Court against: Kristi Lynn (Finch) Thomas, and they are FELONY animal cruelty charges! Below is the lawsuit filed against her, by S.P.O.T.!!
For those that have remained concerned about the 28 of 40 dogs taken from Kristi L. Finch-Thomas that a judge ordered given back to her this coming Tuesday, that order has been HAULTED!!! S.P.O.T. has filed a lawsuit against Skagit County & Kristi Finch!!! No dogs will be returned on Tuesday!!!! Also, KRISTI L. FINCH-THOMAS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE FELONY OF ANIMAL CRUELTY, AND MISDEMEANORS!!!! READ THE ARTICLE BELOW!!!
This woman’s name is: Kris Finch, and she is out of Skagit County – Big Lake area. She is fighting to get her dogs and ponies back!!
This business: Ausland Aussie’s Kennel had a business license open from: 04/01/2000 and closed 12/31/2001. This was ONLY a business license, NOT a kennel license. This woman NEVER had a kennel license, and if you look below you will see that she did not even apply for one until: 08/04/2008, and as of: 01/22/2009 she still DOES NOT have a kennel license!!
Associated Investments LLC (Manager: Clayton Mathew Landum also the owner) are the ones who own this property, and it is located in Snohomish County at: 19217 – 36th Ave. W., #101A, Lynnwood, WA 98036. Ask them “why” they are allowing this on their property that they have owned for at least a decade!! This business (Associated Investments LLC) uses another mailing address of: P.O. Box 30889, Seattle, WA 98103.
Kris FinchAusland Aussies
16818 – West Big Lake Blvd.Mt. Vernon, WA 98274(360) 630-5049 (new number!)auslandaussies@earthlink.net
http://www.geocities.com/auslandpups/home.html
Owner Information
ASSOCIATED INVESTMENTS LLC
LADUM M CLAYTON MGR
PO BOX 30889
Seattle, Wa 98103
Site Addresses
16818 WEST BIG LAKE BOULEVARD
[Old Situs] 1680 W BIG LAKE BLVD
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
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Labels: Ausland Aussie’s ~ Kristi L. Finch-Thomas‏

3 comments:

ME said…
this is OUTRAGEOUS – whomever you are – you should be arrested as a terrorist for advocating hassassment of this woman
SHAME ON YOU
August 19, 2010 3:56 AM
Tom said…
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August 19, 2010 5:35 AM
Tom said…
I almost never say “ditto” but today it’s a good word to use. This is outrageous and the whole “stop puppy mill” thing is an outrageous scam that has cost a lot of canine lives and destroyed a lot of honest businesspeople.The activists want laws but they won’t obey laws and they lie to get people in trouble. Their philosophy as a whole is destructive to society and animals. Then you want to tell us who may breed how many animals and of what species? No way, people. Shame, shame. And shame on those of us who have allowed this to go this far.
August 19, 2010 5:39 AM

Several ABC News ~ ABC Nightline ~ Good Morning America videos on Puppy Mills

Good Morning America: Puppy Mill Survivor Fights Cruelty: Jana Kohl and her rescued dog, Baby, raise awareness of cruelty toward animals.: June 2nd, 2008: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4978699 Good Morning America: “A Rare Breed of Love”: A puppy mill survivor, and her rescuer, Jana Kohl, fighting animal cruelty.: June 9th, 2008:http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5034457 ABC News: Humane Society Visits Breeders: The U.S. Humane Society calls conditions appalling, cramped and filthy.: November 21st, 2008:http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=6307870 ABC News: Petland Worker Talks About Puppies’ Source: Humane Society investigator gets conversation with employee on tape.: November 21st, 2008:http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=630792626 ABC Nightline: Best of Breed? Pedigree Dogs Face Disease:Critics Say Purebred Dogs Have Health Problems Because of Inbreeding, Show Standards: March 11th, 2009: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7055788&page=1 ABC Dateline News: Puppy Mill Capital, USA?: A “Nightline” investigation into the secret world.: March 27th, 2009:http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=7194974

March 26th, 2009 ~ Legislative Review on the SB5651 Puppy Mill Bill and SB5402 Animal Cruelty Law

Did you see the legislative review on March 26th, 2009? Listen to the whole video, because the legislators take a break, and then come back in with their decisions on these bills. Here is the link:
Event Date:
March 26, 2009 10:00am
Event Description:Exec: ESB 5200, SSB 5402, ESSB 5651Video: http://tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?EvID=2009030190&CFID=3140763&CFTOKEN=77712911&bhcp=1

Puppy Mills: Dogs Abused for the Pet Trade ~ B * I Mall, in Tacoma, and Sierra Fish and Pet, in Bellevue, is part of this trade

Puppy Mills: Dogs Abused for the Pet Trade- B & I Mall, in Tacoma is part of this trade, and so is Sierra Fish & Pet, in Loehman’s Plaza, in Bellevue, on Factoria Blvd. S.E.!!!It can be hard to resist the cute puppies and kittens for sale in pet store windows. But a closer look into how these stores obtain animals reveals a system in which the high price that consumers pay for “that doggie in the window” pales in comparison to the cost paid by animals who are sold in pet stores or forced to produce them. That adorable little scamp in the store probably came from a “puppy mill,” a breeding kennel that raises dogs in cramped, crude, filthy conditions. The majority of these facilities are in the Midwest, but kennels can be found throughout the country, and some dealers even import puppies from other countries.(1) Constant confinement and a lack of adequate veterinary care and socialization often result in animals who are unhealthy and difficult to socialize. As a result, many are abandoned within weeks or months of their adoption by frustrated buyers—further exacerbating the tragic companion animal overpopulation crisis. Cages, Filth, and Neglect Puppy mill kennels can consist of anything from small cages made of wood and wire mesh to tractor-trailer cabs or simple tethers attached to trees. One Arkansas facility had “cages hanging from the ceiling of an unheated cinder-block building ….”(2) Female dogs are bred twice a year and are usually destroyed when they are no longer able to produce puppies.(3) Mothers and their litters often suffer from malnutrition, exposure, and a lack of adequate veterinary care. Puppies are taken from their mothers and sold to brokers who pack them into crates for transport and resale to pet stores. Puppies who are shipped from mill to broker to pet store can travel hundreds of miles in pickup trucks, tractor trailers, and/or airplanes, often without adequate food, water, ventilation, or shelter. Two men faced charges after 38 puppies were found to be confined to a feces-filled van without food, water, or space to exercise. The men were transporting the animals from Oklahoma to Florida when a passerby noticed the dogs’ distressed barking and the foul stench emanating from the van, which was parked at a Daytona Beach motel.(4) In Tennessee, 150 overheated puppies, who were traveling from a Missouri puppy mill to pet stores on the East Coast, were found in a cargo truck without air conditioning; four died.(5) Even if a store claims that it doesn’t buy from puppy mills, there is a good chance that it buys from a broker who does.(6) Young puppies who survive the unsanitary conditions at puppy mills and endure the grueling transport to pet stores have rarely received the kind of loving human contact that is necessary for them to become suitable companions. Breeders, brokers, and pet stores ensure maximum profits by not spending money for proper food, housing, or veterinary care. Conditions don’t improve much when the puppies reach pet stores. Dogs who are kept in small cages without exercise, love, or human contact tend to develop undesirable behaviors and may bark excessively or become destructive and unsociable. Unlike many humane societies and shelters, pet stores do not screen buyers or inspect the future homes of the dogs they sell. Poor enforcement of humane laws allows shops to continue selling sick animals, although humane societies and police departments sometimes succeed in closing down stores where severe abuse is uncovered. Farms and Brokers Do Big Business When PETA conducted an undercover investigation at Nielsen Farms, a puppy mill in Kansas, PETA’s investigator found that the dogs had no bedding or protection from the cold or heat. Some dogs were suffering from untreated wounds, ear infections, and abscessed feet. Confinement and loneliness had caused some mother dogs to go mad. PETA’s investigator witnessed one USDA inspection, during which the officer glanced at the cages but did not examine the dogs. Our investigation led to the Kansas facility’s closing and a $20,000 fine from the USDA. The Nielsens are also “permanently disqualified from being licensed” by the USDA.(7) There are thousands of breeders and dealers across the country. In Missouri alone, there are more than 1,400 licensed dog-breeding operations, although so many illegal breeders are in business that a state audit advised that the program designed to regulate commercial breeding was ineffective.(8) The nation’s largest puppy broker is the Hunte Corporation in Missouri, which also exports dogs overseas.(9) The company has been linked to numerous negligent pet stores and breeders and has sponsored American Kennel Club (AKC) meetings.(10) The USDA has loaned the company more than $4 million for expansion and upgrades in recent years—taxpayer money being used to bring more misery to dogs and puppies.(11) The Plight of Purebreds Some people impulsively obtain purebred dogs, even though they may not be educated about the breed or ready for the commitment that animal companions require. Movies such as 101 Dalmatians and Beethoven, TV shows like Frasier, and commercials such as those for Taco Bell have caused a jump in the popularity of certain breeds, yet very few potential dog caretakers take the time to investigate the traits and needs of the breed that they are considering. “Every time Hollywood makes a dog movie, the breed goes to hell,” says one caretaker of Bouvier des Flandres dogs. A Dalmatian fancier concludes that “… the unscrupulous breeders will see there’s a profit margin there.”(12) When there is a surge in demand for a particular breed, puppy mills try to meet that demand, but when Jack Russell terriers don’t turn out to be just like Frasier’s “Eddie” or St. Bernards don’t act just like “Beethoven,” rescue groups and animal shelters become flooded with these breeds. The AKC, which opposes mandatory spay/neuter programs for purebred dogs, receives millions of dollars from breeders who pay AKC registration fees.(13) The AKC registered more than 421,000 dogs in 2005, some of whom will join the millions of animals who end up in animal shelters every year.(14) Buyers may be swayed by talk of “papers” and “AKC registration,” but these papers cannot ensure good temperament or good health. Says one veterinarian, “The best use of pedigree papers is for housebreaking your dog. They don’t mean a damn thing.”(15) The AKC has minimum care standards for “high-volume breeding” facilities, but with 14 inspectors and an operating budget that is directed toward registration and dog shows, the AKC can only manage to inspect its registered kennels once every two years.(16) By its own admission, some of the more problematic kennels have simply sought registration services (such as Dog Registry of America, Sporting Dog Registry, American Hunting Dog Registry, and All American Dog Registry, to name a few) that don’t perform inspections.(17) At puppy mills, dogs are bred for quantity, not quality, so unmonitored genetic defects and personality disorders that are passed on from generation to generation are common. This situation results in high veterinary bills for people who buy these dogs and the possibility that unsociable or maladjusted dogs will be disposed of by their unprepared “owners.” “There is virtually no consideration of temperament,” says one dog trainer. “I wish legislators could sit in my office and watch … people sobbing in extreme emotional pain over having to decide whether to euthanize their dog because of some serious behavioral problem.”(18) Inadequate Inspections The USDA is supposed to monitor and inspect kennels to ensure that they are not violating the housing standards of the Animal Welfare Act, but kennel inspections are a low priority. In the U.S., there are more than 1,000 research facilities, more than 2,800 exhibitors, and 4,500 dealers that are supposed to be inspected each year.(19) There are three APHIS sector offices with a total of approximately 70 veterinary inspectors who are supposed to inspect, unannounced, the various types of facilities covered by the AWA.(20) This means that 70 inspectors have to cover more than 8,300 facilities nationwide. Puppy mills are rarely monitored by state governments, and existing regulations vary from state to state. In Missouri, for instance, each of the 2,100 facilities is supposed to be inspected once a year, but there are only 12 inspectors employed to handle the task.(21) Even with an estimated 1,300 puppy mills in Wisconsin, inspections of breeder facilities that sell at least 50 dogs and cats are voluntary, and there is no funding for enforcement of these regulations.(22,23) The Puppy Pipelines Dealers who want to avoid relevant U.S. laws—the few that exist—look elsewhere to continue doing business. Says one Canadian lawyer, “[P]uppy mill operators in the States buy from us. And crossing the border isn’t a problem either. They cross them all the time.”(24) For example, there is a network of breeders and smugglers who bring puppies into the U.S. from Mexico. A Los Angeles woman was arrested during a sting operation on suspicion of selling under-aged puppies and for failure to provide proper veterinary care for the animals; one of the officers involved in the capture of the woman said that the smuggler fit the description of a puppy smuggler: The person uses an alias and a throwaway cell phone and sells puppies from the backs of cars or on street corners.(25) A New Hampshire breeder, who was arrested for cruelty to animals when dozens of dogs and cats were found living in filth, was selling puppies from Russia for as much as $1,900 each on the Internet.(26) While no federal agency tracks the number of puppies that enter the U.S., an investigation by a New York TV station concluded that thousands of puppies arrive every year and that many are sick or dead when they get here. A staff member at a private veterinary clinic at John F. Kennedy Airport told the CBS affiliate that she had seen “a couple of cases where they (puppies) were shrink-wrapped.” The station also found that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies have been alerted to the problem of underaged, sick puppies who are crammed and shipped into filthy, crowded kennels for hours at a time, none has jurisdiction over the animals’ care. The CDC only checks animals for rabies, and the USDA regulations for dogs’ age and transport conditions do not apply to foreign shipments.(27) Some states have enacted “puppy lemon” laws that give caretakers the right to return sick or dead puppies for replacement or that offer the option of having veterinary expenses paid by the seller. Unfortunately, depending on the state, the law may not clearly say to whom it applies, or it may affect only pet stores or breeders that sell a certain number of animals each year. Check with your state’s attorney’s office to find out about your state’s laws. What You Can Do With millions of unwanted dogs and cats (including purebreds) dying every year in animal shelters, there is simply no reason for animals to be bred and sold for the pet-shop trade. Without these stores, the financial incentive for puppy mills would disappear, and the suffering of these dogs would end. The best way to find an animal companion is through an animal shelter or rescue group. References 1) Josh Shaffer, “Law Meant to Reduce Puppy Farms Raises Alarm From Kennels,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram 17 Apr. 2002. 2) “Humane Society Takes 77 Dogs From Owner. Animals Missing Toes, Chewed Ears,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 20 Dec. 2002. 3) Natalie Lariccia, “A Warning on Puppy Mills,” The Vindicator 25 Apr. 2000. 4) Charlene Hager-Van Dyke et al., “4 Testify in Animal Neglect,” Orlando Sentinel 16 Apr. 2003. 5) “Puppies Rescued From Cargo Truck,” Associated Press, 11 May 2000. 6) Lariccia. 7) U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Recent USDA Animal Welfare Act Case Actions,” press releases, 14 Sep. 2001. 8) Miglena Sternadori, “Officials Seek to Collar Illegal Dog Breeders,” Columbia Daily Tribune 20 Jun. 2004. 9) “USDA Approves Loan to McDonald County K-9 Distributor, Blunt Announces,” Blunt news release, 5 Sep. 2001. 10) American Kennel Club, “AKC Statement on Relationships With High Volume Kennels,” 2003. 11) Shaffer. 12) Chuck Haga, “Every Dog Has Its Day,” Minneapolis Star Tribune 7 Sep. 1999. 13) “Boise, ID Faces Breeding Restrictions,” AKC, 8 Nov. 2002. 14) American Kennel Club, Registration Statistics, 2006. 15) Michael D. Lemonick, “A Terrible Beauty,” Time 12 Dec. 1994. 16) High Volume Breeders Committee, “Report to the AKC Board of Directors,” AKC, 12 Nov. 2002: 5. 17) High Volume Breeders Committee, 12. 18) Richard P. Jones, “Panel Weakens Pet Industry Rules,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 19 May 2003. 19) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, “Animal Care Report” (Riverdale: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2004). 20) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, “Compliance Inspections” (Riverdale: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jun. 2005). 21) “Missouri’s Animal Care Facilities Act Ensures Proper Animal Care,” MVMA Messenger Jul./Aug. 2002. 22) “Curb State’s Puppy Mills,” Wisconsin State Journal 14 Mar. 2003. 23) Franzen, “This One’s All Bark,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 26 May 2003. 24) Peter Mansbridge, “Puppy Mills,” The National Show, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 30 Jul. 2001. 25) Sandy Mazza, “Puppy Pipeline Plugged,” Pasadena Star-News 16 Mar. 2006. 26) Doug Hanchett, “N.H. Dog Dealer Busted; Cop: ‘The Odor Was Indescribable,’” Boston Herald 14 Jun. 2003. 27) “Puppy Pipeline. Many Shipped to America Are Abused,” WCBS TV, 17 Feb. 2006

Chained Dog in Enumclaw ~ UPDATE: Rocky gets a new home ~ Protection Orders for your Pets

Chained Dog in Enumclaw & Protection Orders for Pets & UPDATE: Rocky gets a new home‏!
Feb 25, 2009 11:33:51 AM: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/401317_dogchain25.html I hope everyone reads this!: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008778109_webpetviolence23.html
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Update on Rocky (chained dog) Good news!
Reply to: comm-wsjbc-1060218133@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]Date: 2009-03-04, 11:06AM PST
Rocky the dog who has been chained most of his life found a new home! 🙂 http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/archives/163290.asp By Hector Castro. Rocky the dog has a new home. The old gray dog, who became the face of chained dogs all over King County in a Feb. 25 Seattle P-I article, has been adopted by a Roy couple who read the article and, like many other readers, felt moved to help Rocky. So, Diana Crimi found the owners at their Enumclaw home, and persuaded them that Rocky would enjoy a better life living at the Crimi home in Roy, with an acre and a half of fenced backyard in which to roam. After spending most of his time tied up in a backyard, in all weather, Rocky spent his first night at the Crimi home sleeping on a doggy bed in a clean, dry garage empty of any bothersome cars. Rocky, about 14 years old, will join five other dogs that Crimi has rescued. Crimi said she plans to introduce Rocky to all her dogs one by one, and eventually allow him to join the other dogs in the house. But where Rocky lays his head will be up to him. “He can sleep wherever he wants,” Crimi said. “My goal is to let him have his last years with another pack of dogs and people and love and attention, and just take good care of him.” Rocky has some medical problems including a limp, a sore near his ear, and he appears underweight. Crimi said she plans to take him to see a vet soon, but she wanted to give him a day to get used to his new surroundings first. “We’ll give him a day or two to rest and settle in before we start the bathing, worming and all the other goodies that will make him feel better and be a healthy dog,” Crimi said. Another article: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/401317_dogchain25.html
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Labels: Chained Dog in Enumclaw ~ UPDATE: Rocky gets a new home ~ Protection Orders for your Pets

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lou Ann AKA Luann Umsheid-Puppy Mill ~ Stanwood, WA‏

Lou Ann AKA Luann Umsheid-Puppy Mill!!!
New puppy mill, in Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington. Raided by Vicki Lubrin, who did not remove the 82 dogs even though they are in violation of too many dogs for a kennel, and that is IF they would have had a kennel license in the first place!! This is getting to be too much, and they (the authorities) need to do something!! Click the link below to get to the Everett Herald article. http://http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090131/NEWS01/701319911&news01ad=1#Puppy.mill.suspected.in.Stanwood This woman’s name is: Lou Ann Umscheid. She lives at: 8405 -180th St. N.W., Stanwood, WA 98292-6794. She has a web-site at: www.partipoodles7.com, and her e-mail: partipoodles@verizon.net. Her ph#360-652-2662. We need to find out if she is connected to the “Renee Lynn Roske Puppy Mill Ring”.
General Information Taxpayer Name Address (contact the Treasurer if you have questions) UMSCHEID LOU ANN 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749 If the above mailing address is incorrect and you want to make a change, see the information on Name and Address Changes Owner Name Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) UMSCHEID LOU ANN 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749 If the above name and address is incorrect due to a recent sale, please see the information on Name and Address Changes After a Sale Street (Situs) Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749
Parcel Legal DescriptionC. D. HILLMAN’S BIRMINGHAM DIV 1 BLK 052 D-00 – LT 16
General Information Taxpayer Name Address (contact the Treasurer if you have questions) UMSCHEID LOU ANN 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749 If the above mailing address is incorrect and you want to make a change, see the information on Name and Address Changes Owner Name Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) UMSCHEID LOU ANN 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749 If the above name and address is incorrect due to a recent sale, please see the information on Name and Address Changes After a Sale Street (Situs) Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) 8405 180TH ST NW – – – STANWOOD, WA 98292-6749

PuppyJustice.com ~ PuppyJustice.org

Go to PuppyJustice.Com for updated events & news on Puppy Mills!! At www.puppyjustice.com we keep you updated on current events and news regarding the Snohomish & Skagit County, Washington Puppy Mills. We also post about new puppy mills. We will also be posting the current court dates of the criminals involved in the puppy mills. Come visit our site. Thanks.
Also come take a look at: www.puppyjustice.org for up to date news on puppy mills everywhere!
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Plea from a Rescue Pup

Plea from a rescue pup ~ I was born in the summer a few years ago; Quite why I was born I never will know. Some folks owned my mother; decided to breed … No reason I know of except for their greed. I know I was hungry, I know I was cold And they sold me quite early,at just five weeks old. Owners number one seemed friendly at first And life was quite good, until my bubble burst. They started to argue;their marriage split up And in went the ad, for sale 4 month pup. Some more folks arrived, the next ones in line … They treated me kindly,and life was just fine. But the master dropped dead, and she couldn’t cope So they sold me again as I began to lose hope. I now had a new home up in the sky … We went up the lift, fourteen floors high. The new folks were kind, but they left me all day. I was busting to pee, and had no where to play. It was boredom, I think, when I chewed up that chair. They agreed I should go, but it just wasn’t fair. The next home was good and I thought this was it … They started to show, and I won … well … a bit. Then somebody told them that I had “no bone,” And in went the ad, for sale to good home. The next lot were dreadful… they wanted a guard, But I didn’t know that … although I tried hard. One night they got burgled and I didn’t bark, Tied up in that shed, alone in the dark. For four months I lay in that cold dark shed With only an old paper sack for a bed, A small dish of water all slimy and green … The state I was in, well, it had to be seen. I longed for some help,for an end to the pain. Then some new people came, and I went off again. So now I’m with Rescue, and this home is good! There are walks in the country and lots of good food… There are kisses and cuddles to greet me each day And I dread the time that they send me away. But for now here I stand, skin and bone, on all fours… Please don’t let this happen to any of yours! ~AUTHOR UNKNOWN
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A Letter From A Shelter Manager

A Letter from a Shelter Manager ~ I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”. Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are. If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right? I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes. My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt”. THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!
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Why Are There So Many Homeless Pets?

Why Are There So Many Homeless Pets? There are so many homeless pets because unfortunately, many people do not think about the long term commitment, financial responsibility, moral responsibility (i.e. spay/neuter, heartworm prevention) and work involved when they bring a pet into their home. The decision to add a pet to your family is a serious 10-15 year commitment and should not be taken lightly. In addition, we have an overwhelming pet overpopulation problem in the United States. Each year approximately 8 million healthy dogs and cats are killed simply because there aren’t enough homes for all of them. This is due to individual pet guardians not spaying/neutering their pets (accidental breedings), individual pet guardians breeding their pets on purpose and thinking it is OK because (1)they have a “purebred” (2) because they think that their pet should experience motherhood or (3) because they think that they have such an exceptional pet and also because of puppymillers and irresponsible breeders. The top reasons pets brought to shelters are: 1. Strays – This is caused by guardians who let their pets roam, who don’t spay/neuter them so they look for opposite sex companionship, guardians who abandon their animals or never bother looking for them once they are gone and by guardians who don’t keep ID tags on their animals at all times (regardless of if the dog\cat is an inside only dog\cat or if the dog\cat has never before gotten out of the yard.) 2. Moving – We can’t tell you how many times a day we hear this one! Guardians moving to other cities who don’t want to pay to transport their pets, guardians moving into an apartment that won’t take pets, guardians that don’t want to pay a pet deposit, guardians moving into a new house and don’t want their pets to dirty it, etc. This is by far the number one reason why guardians dump their pets! Pets are not junk that you throw away when you move, pets should be family members that are taken with every time the family changes its residence! If this doesn’t work for you then don’t get a pet in the first place. 3. Having a baby – Why is it that so many people no longer want to keep their dog (that they formerly treated as a baby), when they have a human baby of their own? We find that people dump their formerly beloved family pets due to no fault of the pets simply because they have a baby. Often they tell us that the dog is wonderful with the new baby but that they simply don’t have time for it anymore. Or they tell us that their dog isn’t good with a baby and we find that they have selected a dog breed that is well known to be terrible with babies and toddlers. If they had done simple research prior to getting a certain dog breed and if they had exposed their dog often to small children, they probably wouldn’t have had this problem. Also, we find that some dogs don’t do well with babies because the families dump the dogs into a permanent backyard existence or an ignored existence once they have a baby. We recommend that people have their family first and then adopt a pet. If that isn’t possible, pick a breed or mix that is known to be good with children and socialize to children often. A good book to read is “Childproofing Your Dog” by Brian Kilcommons. 4. Don’t have time for – The same people who were so enthusiastic about their new puppies or kittens when they first got them often consider them a burden once they realize that they are a living being that have certain needs that can not be ignored. They are not a toy that they can put away when they feel like it. These people call us and say “I’m traveling more now”, “I’m working more now”, “I’m going out alot now”, “I’m not home enough and the dog isn’t getting the attention it deserves” or “I feel guilty but don’t have time for the dog”. Don’t get a dog\cat unless you can make a 10-15 year commitment to its care. 5. Puppy\kitten has grown up – “The puppy has gotten too big”, “We wanted a small dog”, “It’s not cute anymore”, “It’s gotten too big for inside the house/apartment”, “Now that its 9 months old it’s acting too wild”, “It’s too rough for my kids” or “It’s too hyper”. Be very careful when you adopt a puppy that you are prepared to handle the dog when it reaches adult size. Don’t just look at the tiny puppy and think how cute it is. Look at an adult of comparable adult size and make an intelligent decision. Keep in mind that puppies need lots of training and exercise in order for them to become a well behaved pet. When you get a puppy, sign up for a good puppy obedience class and practice often. Also, keep in mind that most puppies and dogs will not exercise themselves…you need to exercise them by providing long walks, ball throwing, etc. Remember that the large breed puppy may play rough and may be too active for your small children. Keep in mind that puppies are a lot of work and that there are hundreds of thousands of well behaved adult dogs\cats being KILLED at our shelters every day that might be a better choice for your family’s pet. 6. Behavioral problems – “Dog barks too much”, “Dog chews everything up”, “Can’t get it housebroken”, “Too hyper”, “Dog jumps on us”, “Dog digs up garden”, “Dog runs away or jumps fence”, or “Dog is aggressive to strangers or other dogs”. Dogs who are raised as outside only pets are usually unhappy and bored and will develop many of these problems, don’t get a dog unless you will keep it mainly as a housepet. Puppies can’t get housebroken unless someone is home during the day or can come home from work often enough in order to let it outside. Dogs who are not obedience trained will often act hyper and wild. Dogs who are not socialized to strangers and other dogs when they are young will often act aggressive to them when they grow up. Dogs that are not spayed/neutered will often escape from the fenced yard in order to find a mate. If you don’t want chewing, then don’t get a dog under the age of 3 years. Puppies and young adult dogs naturally will chew, chew, chew. If you have this problem now, confine your dog to a “dog proofed” room with plenty of chew toys when you’re not watching it. Make sure that you have the time and money to spend with a puppy or adult dog and that you will allow to stay mainly inside your home before you consider adopting a pet. 7. Children have lost interest – Loving parents often adopt a pet for their children with the understanding that the children must take full responsibility for its care. We have found that children lose interest in caring for their pets within a very short period of time and it then becomes a battle between the parents and children. Please don’t adopt a pet unless you, the parent, want the pet as much as your children do. Children can not handle the responsibility of housebreaking a puppy, cleaning a cats litter pan, obedience training, exercising, feeding, brushing, health care, etc, so don’t let their begging influence you. YOU will be the one responsible for this pet. 8. Elderly guardians – We get many calls from the children of elderly people who pass away or have to go into a nursing facility. They have made no prior arrangements for who is going to take care of their beloved pets. Please make arrangements in your wills for who will get your animals if something happens to you. If you are a senior citizen and are thinking about adopting a puppy or kitten, please add 15 years to your current age to determine how old you will be when the pet reaches the end of its lifespan. If you think you will be too old to care for it, then consider adopting one of the many wonderful, already housebroken older dogs or cats for your home.
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Maggie AKA Margaret Adams/GeBauer/Hill ~ SeattlePet.Com

https://accounts.craigslist.org/post/shwpst?pii=1040835975&db=lv – Shoreline, WA
She has been married three times. First she was Margaret D. Adams, and then she married a man named Harry Robert GeBauer whom she jointly owned “Seattle Pet Center” with at: 8221 – Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 (which is now closed, it was in business from 01/01/80 to 11/30/84), and became Margaret D. GeBauer. Third time she married Raymond R. Hill, and became Margaret D. Hill AKA Maggie Hill. Now, her business is located at: 16053 – Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133, BUT her business license (no kennel license that I can find) states that the mailing address AND business address is at: 15553 – Dayton Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133, which is about five blocks south, and two blocks four blocks west of where her business actually is!! That IS NOT legal!! Next, you are not going to believe this at all, THE CITY OF SHORELINE OWNS THE BUILDING THAT SHE HAS HER BUSINESS IN!!! On July 31st, 2002 Vicki & Thomas Nasky (who have since divorced) bought this building. On February 22nd, 2005 the Nasky’s Quit Claim Deeded the property, FOR $10.00, to the CITY OF SHORELINE!? Go figure that one! On June 13th, 2007 the CITY OF SHORELINE named the building “Shoreline Plaza LLC”. Seattle Pet got their license on 03/01/2000. Now on May 29th, 1992, Harry Robert GeBauer finalized his divorce from Maggie, and he was the one who petitioned for the divorce. The two of them still have a current business license that is: GeBauer & GeBauer, Seattle Design Center at: 15009 – Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133, and is just ten blocks straight down the street from SeattlePet.Com, which is licensed as Seattle Pet, and at a different address. Now the address that Margaret AKA Maggie has on her Seattle Pet business license is in a residential area, and it is her home!! The address shows that she owns that home on Dayton Ave. N.

Who to contact TO STOP PUPPY MILLS ~ where to DONATE/VOLUNTEER‏

For SB5651 ~ The Puppy Mill Bill & SB5402 ~ The Animal Cruelty Bill:http://apps.leg.wa.gov… http://apps.leg.wa.gov… http://members.verizon.net/~vze2r6qt/supplies/compare.htm#RefuseGOVERNOR CHRISTINE GREGOIRE Office of the Governor PO Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002 Phone: (360) 902-4111 Fax: (360) 753-4110 Website: http://www.governor.wa.gov Email: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/ Website: http://www.governor.wa.gov Then to email click on contact the governor and send email via webform http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/ _____________________________ Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 E-mail: prosecuting.attorney@co.snohomish.wa.us ______________________ LT. GOVERNOR BRAD OWEN Office of Lieutenant Governor Owen 220 Legislative Building PO Box 40400 Olympia WA 98504-0400 Phone: (360) 786-7700 Website: http://www.ltgov.wa.govEmail: ltgov@leg.wa.govhttp://www.skagithumane.com/localmills07.htmUnfortunately the commercial breeding kennel regulations in Skagit County are in need of updating and provide no relief for these horrible situations.http://www.puppyjustice.com“>Renee Roske http://puppyjustice.com/2009/01/come-to-olympia-and-talk-to-your-representatives-about-making-our-state-laws-better-for-pets/ http://heraldnet.com/article/20090124/NEWS01/701249958 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008665665_puppies24m.html http://puppyjustice.com/2009/01/come-to-olympia-and-talk-to-your-representatives-about-making-our-state-laws-better-for-pets/

Everett Animal Shelter 2732 – 36th St. Everett, WA 98201 Ph#425-257-6000 Fax #425-257-6018 Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. *They are not taking new volunteers until March 9th, 2009, when they open their new animal shelter, in Everett. Also, in the meantime you can get on the list for the volunteer training. You may also get on the waiting list to adopt one of the dogs from the raid when they are made available. It will be on KOMO 4 News when they are made available. *

The N.O.A.H. Center 31300 – Brandstrom Rd. Stanwood, WA 98292 Ph#360-629-7055 Fax #360-629-9923 Open 7 days a week. Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. http://www.thenoahcenter.org

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Ginger’s Pet Rescue ~ Is the GREATEST

Ginger’s Pet Rescue Needs Help!!
If there is anyone out there who wants to know, I personally have contacted the Everett Animal Shelter, N.O.A.H., S.P.O.T., and Homeward Pet today. All these places gave rave reviews for “Ginger’s Pet Rescue”, and this is a legitimate organization to help animals. N.O.A.H. could not even begin to say enough about how great Ginger’s Pet Rescue is! Subject: Fw: Ginger’s Pet Rescue * URGENT * NEED FOSTER HOMES & DONATIONS ASAP PLEASE !!!! Rescue http://www.gingerspetrescue.org/ Ginger’s Pet Rescue “PUPPY MILL CLOSURE of OVER 100 DOGS IN WASHINGTON STATE…. GINGER’S PET RESCUE NEEDS YOUR HELP !!! * There are 102 more dogs left to save and we really need your help. * We desperately need 25 more fosters! * With your help we are working to save one dog at a time !!!! * So many dogs need dental, vet care, eye care and are sick. We desperately need cash donations to help vet, spay, neuter, dental, shots, rabies, deworm, microchip, grooming and etc. *Please donate: PayPal on our website at http://www.gingerspetrescue.org Or you can send your checks or drop off your donations to: *322 North 105th, Seattle, Wash 98133 206-784-9627 If you can foster please email me at gingerluke@comcast.net If you have a barn or a facility to offer please let me know. Remember that these dogs have lived in boxes their entire life and are not housebroken. We need dedicated fosters that are patient and can offer many hours of love and daily care. * Must fill out application. Please forward this to all your friends, co workers, family and neighbors and get the word out. Everyone can make a difference & even if you can not foster ~ just a $ 5.00 donation will help. For all those that alerady sent us donations last week, Thank You so much !!! * Thanks, Ginger * gingerluke@comcast.net http://www.gingerspetrescue.org Copyright Ginger’s Pet Rescue 2008. All rights reserved. http://www.gingerspetrescue.org/
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Richard Paul ~ Marjorie A. Sundberg, Mary Ann Holleman, Renee Roske-Puppy Mill

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Richard Paul & Marjorie A. Sundberg, Mary Ann Holleman, Renee Roske-Puppy Mill!!
Renee Lynn Roske (owner of: Wags & Wiggles) is running a puppy mill at: 4205 – 165th Ave. S.E., Snohomish, WA 98290, and her ph#425-397-7330 and ph#425-355-0645. Her mom (Marjorie Ann Sundberg) lives across the street at: 4302 – 165th Ave. S.E., Snohomish, WA 98290, and is doing the same. Mary Ann Holleman AKA Mary Ann Hollerman @ 4525 – 165th Ave. S.E., Snohomish, WA 98290 (and she is the sister to Renee Roske, and daughter to Marjorie A. Sundberg!!). Also, Mary Ann Holleman (AKA Hollerman) owns the property where the puppy mill was raided on Friday January 16th, 2008 which is located at: 43020 – May Creek Road S.E., Gold Bar, WA 98294!! Before being critical of this post, there IS documentation regarding all the sick dogs that she sales, many of which have died! On the first link provided in this post you will see fifty-five (55) complaints against Renee, as well as the next link which also shows the complaints against Renee. There are also numerous complaints with animal control, police, SPCA, ripoffreport.com, seattle.citysearch.com, and many other places. She and her mom were also on the tv news, and in the newspaper on more than one occassion. The other building on the property is filled with animals! Sure her home is clean, she pays someone with all the money she makes, OFF OF SELLING (PUPPY MILLING) DOGS & PUPPIES, to clean her home. The dogs leave there sick, and alot of them actually die! She always gives a zip lock bag full of medicine for the dogs to the new owner. She never has papers, and when she does, they are the wrong ones! I’m sorry, but with 55+ complaints, the tv news, the newspaper, and my own experience, there is no way all of us can possibly be wrong. This woman should be put in prison, for what she is doing. Included are four (4) ads that are CURRENTLY RUNNING IN THE “LITTLE NICKEL” PAPER!! You can contact the “Little Nickel” paper at: http://www.littlenickel.com, and send them an e-mail letting them know they are supporting a puppy mill, by repeatedly placing her ads!! You can click on “Contact Us” at their web-site, and send them an e-mail. While at their web-site you can also look-up all the ads that Renee Lynn Roske has listed. Below will also show all the charges out of civil & criminal court, in Snohomish County, and Renee Lynn Roske is the DEFENDANT in them all. Below you will also find a link to the Washington State Department of Revenue (http://www.dor.wa.gov/).
The address where the raid was: 43020 – May Creek Road S.E., Gold Bar, WA 98294. The property is 9.5 acres, the house is 1596 square feet, the garage is 672 square feet, and is a one (1) story home. What is real interesting is that when you look up the property through the tax assessor’s office it comes back to a “Mary Ann Holleman” AKA “Hollerman” (as you will see below) who lives at: 4525 – 165th Ave. S.E., Snohomish, WA 98290 (This is: Panther Lake Estates).
We need to e-mail the “Panther Lake Estates” web-site, in protest of these three (3) homes running puppy mills within the Panther Lake Estates!! It is against their Estates Rules & Regulations to have a business like this running in their Estates! Please help by e-mailing their web-site at: pantherlake.net. Also none of these three women have a kennel license, and are operating illegally.
These are “Little Nickel” ads that are CURRENTLY RUNNING!!! Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 682 times Boxer Purebred Boxer & Roxers available. Shots and wormed. One year health guarantee. $199 and up. 425-397-7330
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 526 times Pomeranian POM & POM MIXES, $325 & Up; Also, male Maltese available, $499 and up. All puppies have one year health guarantee. Shots & deworming. 425-397-7330, Snohomish Peninsula/Kitsap
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 481 times Poodle OODLES Of Doodles: Teacup, Toy & Mini Poodles. Also, mixes available in: ShihTzupoos; Maltipoos; Schnoodles; and Yorkiepoos. One year health guarantee. Shots & wormed. $250 and up. Call 425-397-7330, Snohomish *
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 528 times YORKIES & Yorkie Mixes. Health guaranteed. Cute baby doll face. Shots and dewormed. $299 & up; Also, Westie puppies available. Call 425-397-7330, Snohomish *
These are “Little Nickel” ads that are CURRENTLY RUNNING!!! Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 682 times Boxer Purebred Boxer & Roxers available. Shots and wormed. One year health guarantee. $199 and up. 425-397-7330 *
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 526 times Pomeranian POM & POM MIXES, $325 & Up; Also, male Maltese available, $499 and up. All puppies have one year health guarantee. Shots & deworming. 425-397-7330, Snohomish Peninsula/Kitsap *
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 481 times Poodle OODLES Of Doodles: Teacup, Toy & Mini Poodles. Also, mixes available in: ShihTzupoos; Maltipoos; Schnoodles; and Yorkiepoos. One year health guarantee. Shots & wormed. $250 and up. Call 425-397-7330, Snohomish *
Source: Whatcom/Skagit/Island Listed: Friday 02 January, 2009 Viewed: 528 times YORKIES & Yorkie Mixes. Health guaranteed. Cute baby doll face. Shots and dewormed. $299 & up; Also, Westie puppies available. Call 425-397-7330, Snohomish *
THESE ARE CIVIL & CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST RENEE LYNN ROSKE, IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY:
_ 1 Roske, Rene Dba Wags & Wiggles Defendant Sno Co-south Div S07-00264 05-17-2007
2 Roske, Renee Defendant Sno Co-everett Div S06-00106 02-03-2006
3 Roske, Renee Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div C05-00462 05-04-2005
4 Roske, Renee Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div S03-00151 08-11-2003
5 Roske, Renee Defendant Snohomish Superior 07-2-02505-5 02-13-2007
6 Roske, Renee Judgment Debtor Snohomish Superior 05-9-08518-9 04-18-2005
7 Roske, Renee Defendant Snohomish Superior 05-2-08697-0 05-18-2005
8 Roske, Renee L Plaintiff Sno Co-everett Div 88-002486 09-20-1988
9 Roske, Renee Lynn Defendant Sno Co-south Div C00046135 04-22-2002
10 Roske, Renee Lynn Defendant
This information came from the Washington State Department of Licensing at: http://www.dol.wa.gov. License Information:
Entity Name: RENEE LYNN ROSKE
Firm Name: WAGS ‘N’ WIGGLES
License Type: Washington State Business
Entity Type: Sole Proprietor
UBI: 602008800
Business ID:001
Location ID:0001
Status To check the status of this business, go to Department of Revenue
Location Address: 4205 165TH AVE SE SNOHOMISH, WA, 98290
Mailing Address: 4205 165TH AVE SE SNOHOMISH, WA, 98290
Governing People: RENEE LYNN ROSKE
Registered Trade Names: WAGS ‘N’ WIGGLES
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Definition of a Puppy Mill‏

Definition of a Puppy Mill‏
Puppy mill From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Puppy mills) Jump to: navigation, search A puppy mill in rural US Puppy mills, sometimes known as puppy farms[1], are large-scale dog breeding facilities that operate under substandard breeding conditions,[2][3] causing the development of chronic health problems, temperament issues, and hereditary defects in puppies that come from the mills.[2] The high numbers of euthanized animals (4 million dogs per year in U.S.) has led animal rights advocates to oppose the mass breeding of pet animals, a view that the profitable breeding industry opposes. The term can be applied to operations involving other animals irresponsibly bred for profit, e.g. “kitty mills.”[4] Contents [hide] 1 Differences in breeding conditions 2 Effects 3 History 4 Controversy 5 Media coverage 6 Legislative response 6.1 United States, Federal 6.2 Australia 7 References 8 External links [edit] Differences in breeding conditions Responsible breeders raise their animals with the intent to produce a healthy dog, and to provide a quality pet for responsible owners.[5] Good breeders will take into consideration breed-specific health problems, genetic screening, physical condition, age of the dog and temperament before producing litters. Good breeders carefully nurture the mothers and the puppies they produce. They constantly check the puppies’ health, and ensure they are properly socialized.[6] In contrast, dogs bred in puppy mills are usually kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. They usually do not receive adequate food, water or veterinary care. Both breeding dogs and their puppies tend to be housed in extremely cramped conditions, often exposed to the elements. Females are sometimes forced to breed every time they are in heat to increase profits, resulting in gradually decreasing sizes of litters.[2][7] As puppies, mill dogs are weaned from their mothers well before the eight to ten weeks recommended.[8] Dogs in puppy mills are often bred indiscriminately. While the puppies produced may come with pedigrees, the pedigree itself is neither an indication of quality nor authenticity.[9] [edit] Effects Due to the poor breeding conditions in puppy mills, puppies bred there tend to have issues. Puppies raised in a cramped environment shared by many other dogs become poorly socialized to other dogs and to humans. Dogs are then transported over long distances in poor conditions, sometimes resulting in the deaths of many dogs. As the surviving mill dogs grow older, they are more prone to developing respiratory ailments and pneumonia, as well as hereditary defects such as hip dysplasia.[2] In addition, mill dogs are more prone to have problems with their temperament. Puppies from mills are usually sold as purebred dogs in an attempt to fetch the higher prices associated with purebreds. However, due to the indiscriminate breeding practices of puppy mills, the dog may or may not actually be a purebred puppy.[9] The vast majority of puppy mill animals are sold to pet stores by “dealers”. Some puppies are sold by dealers masquerading as authentic breeders. Reputable breeders never sell puppies to dealers or pet stores.[9][8] Local animal shelters are a reliable source for puppies that do not benefit puppy mill operators. Another recommended source for puppies are breed-specific rescue organizations.[2] By contrast, some breeders registered with the Royal New South Wales Canine Council (AU) do provide animals for sale through pet shops. Keith Irwin, President of the Royal NSW Canine Council, indicated that only breeders accredited by PIAA (Pet Industry Association of Australia) may sell to pet stores.[10] [edit] History According to Canis Major publications, puppy mills originated in the post-World War II era. Midwestern farmers looking for an alternative crop reacted to a growing demand for puppies, resulting in the development of the first commercial puppy business. As the business grew, both small and large retail outlets began to sell puppies through pet departments. At around the same time, the first pet store chains were born.[11] Through indifference or ignorance, many puppies were left unsocialized or exposed in existing chicken coops or rabbit hutches. In addition, veterinary care for these puppies was often overlooked because of an inability to pay. As a result, organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States began to investigate breeding kennels, leading to the passage of the Animal Welfare Act of August 24, 1966.[11][12] According to the Humane Society of the United States, thousands of puppy mills are located around the country.[13] A high concentration of both puppy mills and breeders has been reported to be in the states of Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.[14] [edit] Controversy Miniature breeds at a US puppy mill The term “puppy mill” has been widely used by animal rights groups in protests against smaller breeders who may appear to have substandard breeding conditions. Such breeders, occasionally labeled hobby breeders, are often cited by animal rights groups as puppy mills. Hobby breeders claim that emotional rhetoric, sensationalism, and pictures of dirty kennels are used to justify additional legislation or additional restrictive licensing that travels well beyond the initial goal of removing dogs from truly deplorable conditions.[11] Some hobby breeders argue that many attempts to legislate puppy mills would put them out of business. Many hobby breeders argue the laws, which often require extra paperwork and inspections, would be more of a nuisance than help in shutting down puppy mills. Such breeders often cite existing lemon laws for puppies as sufficient protection for both dogs and prospective buyers.[14] Commercial kennels may be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture which may inspect the kennels routinely.[15] [edit] Media coverage On May 29, 2008, MSNBC aired a report about puppy mills, in which Oprah Winfrey revealed an industry fraught with problems and apparent cruelty. The broadcast showed puppy mills with small cages, with chicken wire floors, stacked in rows from floor to ceiling, and stated that many dogs spend their entire lives within these tiny cages. Many of these dogs are sold on the internet or by pet retailers to buyers who are unaware of the dogs’ background. The report claimed that customers who object to this treatment of puppies unknowingly allow the industry to thrive. It also pointed out that many of the puppy mill bred dogs suffer long-term health problems.[16][dead link] [edit] Legislative response [edit] United States, Federal In the United States, some elements of the dog breeding industry are regulated by the Animal Welfare Act of August 24, 1966.[17] [edit] Australia Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has responded to the problem of puppy mills in Australia by proposing the Animals Regulation of Sale Bill.[18] It would ban the sale of dogs through pet shops, the internet or newspapers. The aim is to crack down on impulse purchases and shut down unregistered backyard breeders. These breeders should no longer easily profit from the sale of the dogs, and the number of unwanted and abandoned animals could drop.[19] Opposition to the bill comes from the Australian Veterinary Association and the Pet Industry Association. They say that the bill makes no difference to shelter admissions or euthanasia rates.[20] Some claim that the bill will only serve to push unregistered breeders further underground.[20] In New South Wales alone, more than 60,000 animals are put down each year.[19] Australia-wide the number is over a quarter of a million.[21] [edit] References ^ Farr Introduces Bill to Regulate Puppy Farms ^ a b c d e ASPCA (2007). “Fight Animal Cruelty: Puppy Mills”. http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_puppymills. Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ Swartz, Tracy (19 November 2007). “Buy or adopt? Where you get your pet is a big decision — and a big controversy”. Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CREB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=11D0B2F033A603F0&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated4&req_dat=AA98CDC331574F0ABEAFF732B33DC0B2. ^ ASPCA (2007). “ASPCA: Fight Animal Cruelty: Cruelty Glossary”. http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_crueltyglossary. Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ American Kennel Club (2007). “Step Two – Breed to Improve”. http://www.akc.org/breeders/resources/guide_to_breeding_your_dog/step_2.cfm. Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ Westminster Kennel Club (2007). “Buy Dogs from a Breeder”. http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/2008/show/news/breeders.html. Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ City of Boston (2007). “Are you ready to adopt a pet?”. http://www.cityofboston.gov/animalcontrol/ready.asp. Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ a b ASPCA (2007). pagename=cruelty_puppymills_statement “Puppy Mills: Responsible Breeding”. http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer? pagename=cruelty_puppymills_statement. Retrieved on 14 December 2007. ^ a b c The Kennel Club (UK) (16 May 2006). “Where NOT to buy a puppy or a dog”. http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/208. Retrieved on 14 December 2007. ^ Say No to Backyard Breeders ^ a b c Canis Major Publications (2007). “Just what is a puppy mill?”. http://www.canismajor.com/dog/puppymil.html. Retrieved on 14 December 2007. ^ United State Department of Agriculture (21 August 2003). “Animal Welfare Act”. http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm. Retrieved on 26 December 2007. ^ Humane Society of the United States (17 July 2007). “FAQs”. http://stoppuppymills.org/frequently_asked_questions.html#6_Where_can_I_find_a_list_of_known_puppy. 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Retrieved on 3 January 2008. ^ About the Bill Lead The Way Support the Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill Animal Welfare Against Puppy Farms ^ a b Clover Moore Lead The Way Support the Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill Animal Welfare Against Puppy Farms ^ a b ‘Puppy mills’ under fire for cruelty ^ Death Row Pets [edit] External links http://www.saynotobackyardbreeders.com — Educating the public to buy from registered breeders (AU) or PIAA member pet shops http://www.tulsaworld.com/webextra/content/2007/puppymillsite/Puppy_Mill_Laws_by_state.pdf http://www.aspca.org/puppymills http://www.thekodyfoundation.org http://www.petshoppuppies.com/ Pet Shop Puppies — Request a free USDA inquiry on any puppy you may have purchased from a pet store. 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TO ALL THOSE COMMENTING ON SIERRA FISH AND PET

TO ALL THOSE COMMENTING ON SIERRA FISH & PET
I am an experienced animal advocate and puppy mill investigator. My work is sanctioned by the HSUS, the ASPCA, BEST FRIENDS, LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS and CAPS, I have also worked with law enforcement on animal cruelty cases. I think it is great that those posting probably really do care about animals and we really appreciate that, we need more like you. Having said that, please pay close attention; this is quick course in puppy mills. We are not telling you this in a disparaging way, we just think the facts are critically important to this discussion: First of all Sierra Fish & Pets is not a puppy mill, the y are a pet store that buys their puppies from puppy mills and if a pet store is not offering rescues, their dogs are coming from puppy mills. This is indisputable as responsible breeders DO NOT SELL TO PET STORES! SF&P work with a broker that is located in Iowa. Through this broker, whom also owns a puppy mill, puppies are purchased from other mills. The majority of SF&P puppies are purchased from Iowa, the rest, from other midwest states, or the “puppy mill belt of the US.” How do we know? Because we have investigated them. We have spoken with the owner of SF&P, and he does not have photos of where the puppies are coming from, in fact, he admitted, “he did not realize any of this.” Further, in terms of breeding facilties, USDA licensed and inspected DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE NOT A PUPPY MILL. The definition of a puppy mill is a “breeding facility that breeds for profit,” that is it, and they are legal. They are not always dirty facilities, some are clean, nevertheless, they are what we consider prisons. Do you think your dog would like to live it’s life in a cage? We don’t. According to the Animal Welfare Act, which is the only law enforced by the USDA, dogs may be confined 24/7, with no exercise, (only an “exercise plan” is necessary and this cannot be enforced.) They may have as many as 12 dogs per cage, with an allowed space of 6″ beyond each dogs measurement. Also, there are 10,000 facilities that are monitored by the USDA and only 70 investigators. They are not mandated to go to a breeding facility twice a year, and in MOST CASES, do not. They don’t have the man-power. Next, “papers” do not guarantee purebreed or anything else. Most of the time they are falsified and inaccurate. For $25., the AKC will give you your “papers”, and are not able to verify any of the information. The most unfortunate part of this puppy mill primer is that pet stores can say anything they want because they do not have to be accountable to anyone. There is no oversight whatsoever, and store owners can tell customers anything without worry of any harm. It has been going on for decades. Not only does the public fall victim to the lies, but well-intentioned, animal-loving store-employees fall victim as well. That is why store protests are occurring across the country and the movement is growing. For this reason, for the first time, store-owners will have to be accountable for their lies. One last item, to dispel the myth about rescues vs. store-bought dogs. 30% of all dogs available in rescue are purebreeds. And, dogs purchased in pet stores come from puppy mills and as a result, more often than not, come with horrific health problems. I won’t go into stats, but it’s a fact. Thank you for caring. Please Google puppy mills, and learn the real truth.
Posted by Animal Lover at 7:35 PM 0 comments

Jason Dean Larsen ~ Serenna Lynn Baker-Larsen ~ Ran a puppy mill, in Gold Bar, for Renee Roske

Jason Dean & Serena Lynn Larsen were the ones who ran the Gold Bar Puppy Mill house, that was owned by Renee Roske’s sister, Mary Ann Holleman. Jason Dean & Serenna Lynn Larsen were charged with six counts EACH of FELONY animal cruelty!!! They own a home seperately of the Gold Bar house, which is in Sultan. Here is the link to the Everett Herald: http://heraldnet.com/article/20090204/NEWS01/702049939#Gold.Bar-area.couple.charged.in.puppy.mill.case KING 5 News Link: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_020409WAB-puppy-mill-charges-sw.1c5ab12b.html?npc http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012909WAB-puppy-mill-charges-filed-SW.17012375.html?btm KIRO 7 News Link: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090204/NEWS01/702049939#Gold.Bar-area.couple.charged.in.puppy.mill.case
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General Information Taxpayer Name Address (contact the Treasurer if you have questions) LARSEN JASON D 208 SKYWALL DR – – – SULTAN, WA 98294 If the above mailing address is incorrect and you want to make a change, see the information on Name and Address Changes Owner Name Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) LARSEN JASON D & SERENNA L 208 SKYWALL DR – – – SULTAN, WA 98294-9698 If the above name and address is incorrect due to a recent sale, please see the information on Name and Address Changes After a Sale Street (Situs) Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) 208 SKYWALL DR – – – SULTAN, WA 98294-9698 Parcel Legal Description Section 4 Township 27 Range 8 Quarter NW — TWIN RIVERS BLK 000 D-00 LOT 42 TGW TH PTN DAF BEG AT SE COR OF LOT 43 SD PLAT TH N01*23 00W ALG E LN 15.7FT TH S88*37 00W PLT S LN OF SD LOT 86FT TH S01* 23 00E 15.7FT TO S LN OF SD LOT TH N88*37 00E ALG S LN 86FT M/L TO POB PER CITY OF SUL BLA 04-007 REC AFN 200502280186 & CORR PER AFN 200607200963
CRIMINAL HISTORY:
Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant Kitsap District 7Y5497385 08-22-2007 02 Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div 8Y5020967 03-03-2008 03 Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div I00004703 04-07-2008 04 Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div I05591552 01-23-2008 05 Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant Sno Co-evergreen Div I2019122M 04-10-2007 06 Larsen, Jason Dean Defendant
This was the owner of the puppy mill home they ran, for Renee Roske, which Renee has in her sister Mary Ann Holleman’s name!:
General Information Taxpayer Name Address (contact the Treasurer if you have questions) HOLLEMAN MARY ANN 4525 165TH AVE SE – – – SNOHOMISH, WA 98290-9390 If the above mailing address is incorrect and you want to make a change, see the information on Name and Address Changes Owner Name Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) HOLLEMAN MARY ANN 4525 165TH AVE SE – – – SNOHOMISH, WA 98290-9390 If the above name and address is incorrect due to a recent sale, please see the information on Name and Address Changes After a Sale Street (Situs) Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) 43020 MAY CREEK RD – – – SULTAN, WA 98294 Parcel Legal Description Section 04 Township 27 Range 09 Quarter NE E1/2 E1/2 SW1/4 NE1/4 EXC CO RD SUBJ TO ESE TO USA
General Description Parcel Number 27090400100600 (R01) Structure Class Dwelling Structure Type 1 Story Year Built 1920 Exterior Features Foundation Conc or CB Exterior Siding-Lap ROOF Type: Gable Pitch Medium Cover Metal Interior Features Bedrooms 1 Full or 3/4 Baths 1 1/2 Baths 0 Heat Electric Baseboard Fireplace Masonry fireplace Floor Area Floor 1 Base SF 1596 Finished SF 1596 Septic Systems & Wells Septic System(s) Yes Garage(s) & Carport(s) Attached Garage SF 672 Other Features Photo not yet available Close Window
Posted by Animal Lover at 7:25 PM 0 comments

It is because of puppy mills that Renee Lynn Roske (dubbed the Puppy Mill Queen) is able to afford homes like this that cost $1,410,000.00!!!
General Information Taxpayer Name Address (contact the Treasurer if you have questions) ROSKE RENEE L 11101 167TH AVE SE – – – SNOHOMISH, WA 98290-8817 If the above mailing address is incorrect and you want to make a change, see the information on Name and Address Changes Owner Name Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) ROSKE RENEE L 11101 167TH AVE SE – – – SNOHOMISH, WA 98290-8817 If the above name and address is incorrect due to a recent sale, please see the information on Name and Address Changes After a Sale Street (Situs) Address (contact the Assessor if you have questions) 11101 167TH AVE SE – – – SNOHOMISH, WA 98290-8817 Parcel Legal Description SEC 23 TWP 28 RGE 06 LOT 2 OF ZA8911503 SP REC AF NO 9102260124 BEING A PTN OF SW1/4 NE1/4 SW1/4 TGW PTN LOT 1 SD SP DAF – BEG SW COR LOT 1 SD SP TH S89*15 00E 348FTALG S LN LOT 1 TPB TH N00*45 00E 89.63FT TH N83*33 57E 146.15FT TH S63*33 03E 48.86FT TH S06*20 01E 87.39FT TO S LN SD LOT 1 TH N89*14 00W 199.80FT ALG SD S LN TPB PER BLA 98-107225 REC AFN 9810290978 & SURV REC AFN 9901075008
General Description Parcel Number 28062300303600 (R01) Structure Class Dwelling Structure Type 1 Story w/Basement Year Built 1994 Exterior Features Foundation Conc or CB Exterior Brick ROOF Type: Gable Pitch High Cover Composition Interior Features Bedrooms 3 Full or 3/4 Baths 4 1/2 Baths 0 Heat Forced Hot Air – Gas Fireplace Fireplace – gas Floor Area Floor 1 Base SF 4705 Finished SF 4705 Floor B Base SF 1535 Finished SF 1535 Septic Systems & Wells Septic System(s) Yes Garage(s) & Carport(s) Attached Garage SF 598 Detached Garage SF 1800 Pole Bldg SF 1680 Pole Bldg SF 980 Other Features
Posted by Animal Lover at 7:20 PM 0 comments

ome Join our PROTEST against Pet Stores Selling Puppy Mill Puppies ~ Sierra Fish and Pets ~ Loehman’s Plaza, in Bellevue, WA

HELP US EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT PUPPY MILLS (Loehman’s Plaza in Bellevue) PLEASE JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE PUPPY MILLS LIKE THE ONE IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY AND NOW SKAGIT- JOIN PUPPY-STORE-FREE-WASHINGTON As many of you already know there have now been two puppy mill raids with more on the way, one in Snohomish County and one in Skagit County. The details are horrific! Ironically, we launched our PUPPY-STORE-FREE- WASHINGTON campaign on the same weekend! After the amazing success of the PUPPY STORE FREE LA campaign, we decided it was time for a change in the Northwest. (Check out the LA campaign at Bestfriends.org) We will be conducting peaceful protests at SIERRA FISH & PETS in Bellevue every single weekend until they quit selling puppies! We would love for you to join us and bring your friends! You don’t need to worry about anything. We have done this before, and we are doing nothing illegal. We are just expressing our first amendment rights and letting the public know that SIERRA FISH & PETS sells puppy mill puppies, and PLEASE DON’T SHOP THERE!!!!!!! We have signs and brochures, but you are welcome to bring your own sign. (If you want to learn more about just what a puppy mill is and how they have endured, or for guidelines to what is appropriate to display on a sign, you can go towww.Stoppuppymills.org which is a Humane Society website). We hope you can join our campaign to stop the pain and suffering of those that “have no voice.” Join us from 11-2, every Saturday & Sunday Sierra Fish & Pets Loehman’s Plaza 3710 Factoria Blvd. Bellevue, WA 98006
Posted by Animal Lover at 7:12 PM 0 comments
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