Animals living in squalor rescued from Eatonville home


by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News and Staff

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 3 at 5:45 PM

EATONVILLE, Wash. – More than 50 dogs, about a dozen horses and a guinea pig were seized Thursday after animal control officers say they were living in unsafe conditions.

"This is the worst I've seen by far," said Pierce County Animal Services Manager Tim Anderson, who has worked for Pierce County for 8 years. "The conditions inside the house are just horrendous."
Animal Services raided the home at 8706 330th Street East at about 10:30 a.m.

Officers say the home has been under investigation for a year. The owners had allegedly been ordered to reduce the number of animals they had at the house and clean up the conditions, but that didn't happen.

Investigators say the dogs were not malnourished, but were living in their own feces in a doublewide trailer.

"We ran out of patience and decided to impound the animals," said Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson.

Neighbors who complained to the county about the home were happy to see the animals being removed.

"We have grandchildren that come over to play," said next door neighbor Connie Karnitz, "Sometimes, we can't go outside because of the smell coming out of the house."

Anderson said the animals will be held at shelters and in animal foster homes while the county conducts its investigation.

The animal owners could face animal cruelty or neglect charges.