An animal cruelty case in Edmonds, Washington spread like wildfire in 2013 thanks to social media, resulting in multiple animal abuse charges against two people. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, My Edmonds News reported that Rose Adams and her boyfriend, George Beutler, are preparing for an upcoming jury trial scheduled for Feb. 7.
Adams and Beutler were back in court today with their legal team making final motions and preparations for their upcoming jury trial. Their defense team argued that a search warrant issued in May 2013 was flawed and should be thrown out. Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Douglas J. Fair disagreed, finding that the preponderance of evidence justified the warrant.
Adams is facing two animal cruelty counts and one count of keeping more than the legal limit of five domestic animals. She has an additional pending public disturbance case.
Beutler faces one count of animal cruelty and three unrelated counts of third degree driving on a suspended license.
Judge Fair stated that these charges carry maximum sentences of 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
The case against Adams and Beutler hit social media in May of 2013 when a disturbing animal abuse video was released. The video spread like wildfire and animal advocates pushed for justice in this case.
The Facebook page For Sadie's Sake detailed the stories of the dogs involved in the case, and in particular, a dog named Sadie. During the animal abuse investigation, authorities found 14 dogs at the residence, seizing them all. Twelve dogs were transferred to Adix Kennels and two required veterinary care and were transferred to a local veterinarian.
According to the Edmonds police, six dogs still remain at Adix where they await adoption or rescue. The other animals were adopted or taken in by various rescue associations.
Adams and Beutler, who have been free awaiting trial, were evicted from the home in the 23600 block of 76th Avenue West where the dogs were seized.
According to neighbors, the couple hasn't gone far - they have been observed bear the 23100 block of 74th Avenue West and may be living in an older motor home. According to the Edmonds Police, the residence and motor home have been the subject of numerous complaints alleging transient and drug activity.
“We are well aware of that address and that Rose Adams and George Beutler have been hanging around there,” stated Edmonds Police Sergeant Mark Marsh.
Washington state has strong laws in place to protect animals who are victims of abuse and neglect. The First degree animal cruelty (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
The animal abuse video went viral on May 14, 2013, arrests were made, and an investigation ensued. Protests were planned after word got out that the defendants would potentially regain custody of five of their dogs.
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