Kim Olander, 35, was charged on Friday at the Pierce County Superior Courthouse in Washington with animal cruelty for severely neglecting two of her dogs named Angel and Dinks. According to Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, the two dogs were found in terrible physical condition in the urine soaked bathroom of Olander's Steilacoom home in early January.
According to the News Tribune.com, Lakewood Animal Control went to Olander's home after an anonymous complaint about animal cruelty. Three of the dogs were healthy looking, but when the animal control officer entered the bathroom, both dogs were very ill. Dinks was so emaciated that every bone in his body protruded.
Olander stated the dogs had been sick for a few months, but she had never taken them to the vet for treatment. She then surrendered both dogs.
The Lakewood jblm.patch.com stated the seven year old dogs were taken to the Humane Society where Dinks gained 11 pounds in one week with the proper care and nutrition.
Olander was charged with first-degree animal cruelty.
The defendant was due in court on Feb. 20, but failed to appear. A bench warrant was issued, and Olander was arrested and taken to the Pierce County Jail. On Friday, Olander pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty. She is scheduled to appear in Pierce County Superior Court on Mar. 7.
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