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Advocates wait outside Olympic Animal Sanctuary to see conditions for dogs

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Despite concerns over living conditions for dogs at a Forks, Wash., dog sanctuary, town officials have elected not to shut down the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) - this morning, animal advocates from Dogs Deserve Better arrived to see the dogs' living conditions first hand.

Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne and Rescue Coordinator Robin Budin arrived to the "sanctuary," at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The organization had placed a dog named "Sonny," in the care of OAS and following claims that the dogs at the sanctuary are neglected, they have decided that they want the dog back.

The following was posted about the women's attempt to see Sonny:

Steve Markwell's vehicle was not on the premises but he sent two policamen to ensure that we did not trespass on his property. We bear signs saying "We are here for our tour" and "We'd like to see Sonny now", These are perfectly reasonable requests.

It is 29 degrees here right now and we are told the building isn't heated. We can hear all the dogs barking. They will bark all day while we are here. We will stay here until three in hopes that Markwell will give us a tour and our dog back.

In September, KOMO News conducted an investigative report on the sanctuary, which has come to be known to many as the "sanctuary of sorrow."

Critics have accused OAS, which is owned and operated by Steve Markwell, of housing dogs in small, dirty crates and pens. Markwell could not disprove the critics when KOMO News investigators arrived because he denied them entry.

Former volunteers for OAS told KOMO News that OAS is:

A hell hole for these animals,"

An absolute nightmare."

Even a Forks police officer found the living conditions to be less-than-ideal.

Despite the statements from former volunteers and a local police officer, the authorities and town officials have done nothing to shut OAS down.

Click here to follow Dogs Deserve Better on Facebook...updates will be posted when/if Markwell allows the women inside to see what the living conditions are for the dogs in his care.

Links to officials in Forks, Wash., here.

On Thursday morning, a recount of what took place on Wednesday was published, including photos taken by the women who were hoping to see the conditions inside - read more here.

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