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WOODINVILLE, Wash. – King County Animal Control and King County Sheriff's deputies were called to a dog grooming / boarding facility early Thursday evening after they received a report that nearly two dozen dogs may have been abandoned in the building.

Through the window of Kim's Top Dog grooming, several dogs were visible inside, barking in separate caged areas.

There was no sign of any caretakers or food or water for the dogs, and nearby business owners thought the animals had been there for a week.

Deputies were able to contact owner of the business Thursday night. She showed up at the property and told officials she had just left hours ago and that the nearby business people had it wrong.

According to a friend of the owner, she was closing up the dog grooming store at the end of the month but was keeping rescue dogs there in the meantime until she could find them good homes.

The dogs were fed and were not taken in by Animal Control. It has not been determined if any charges will be filed.

Contributing: Alex Rozier, KING 5 News

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