SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - Dozens of animals found living in crates in a home near Lake Stevens were seized after a man was found dead inside the home.
Forty dogs and puppies and six cats were found inside the residence on the 9100 block of 42nd Street NE.
On Friday, a welfare check led Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies and paramedics to the residence. The male resident was dead of an apparent heart attack.
Adult dogs and puppies (mostly Miniature Pinschers) were found in the crates. It's believed the dogs had been without food or water for about three days. Some of the puppies are just five or six weeks old.
Authorities say the man was breeding the dogs without a license and was being investigated for having too many animals.
Neighbors say he was a good guy.
"He was a breeder guy and he loved animals you know, but he took care of them well, fed them well, washed them, every one of them,” said Mike Kolb.
The animals are being cared for at the Everett Animal Shelter and will be put up for adoption. The puppies won’t be available for adoption until late August or early September. Adult dogs may be ready at the end of the month.
If you’d like to donate to help the shelter care for the animals, contact the Everett Animal Shelter at 425-257-6000. The shelter accepts cash, check, debit and credit donations. The Everett Animal Shelter is located at 333 Smith Island Rd., Everett.
Donations of liquid laundry detergent and bleach are also welcomed.
Check donations may also be sent by mail directly to the shelter's nonprofit agency "ARF" (Animal Rescue Foundation) at PO Box 12817, Everett, WA 98206 or to the Snohomish County Animal Benefit Bequest Fund at 3000 Rockefeller Ave MS306, Everett, WA 98201.