The animal cruelty case, which involved video footage of dog fighting, spread like wildfire thanks to social media and inspired a Facebook page called For Sadie's Sake. The page currently has almost 5000 likes.
My Edmonds News reported on the pre-trial hearing of Rose Adams and George Beutler, the couple facing multiple animal cruelty charges after the police seized 14 dogs during a raid on their home on May 14.
Twelve of the dogs were transferred to the Adix animal shelter for evaluation, with two of the dogs requiring immediate veterinary care. All of the dogs were held pending the court's decision.
Edmonds Animal Control officer Debbie Dawson stated that six of the seized dogs were transferred to PAWS for adoption. Eight dogs still remain at the Adix facility.
Five of the dogs who still remain at Adix are still legally licensed to Adams, but she is currently under court order to not possess any animals as a condition of her release pending trial. As a result, these dogs will remain at Adix. Adams may be able to reclaim these dogs, depending upon the outcome of the trial.
The three dogs who are not legally licensed to Adams are not considered to be good candidates for adoption yet.
Adams and Beutler are scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 20.
The RCW for first degree animal cruelty is RCW 16.52.205:
(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
Updates to this animal cruelty case will be posted as they occur.
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