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A smidgen of justice for duped donors to Olympic Animal “Sanctuary”

Steve Markwell sent out a fundraising request for $6000 to buy a refrigerated trailer to store meat for the dogs, but instead he outfitted it with travel crates and used it to escape increasing public scrutiny of OAS.  Photo fromSeattle DogSpot.

This week Clallam County Superior Court Judge George Wood ruled that Olympic Animal "Sanctuary" founder Steve Markwell has to pay the state $30,677 for violating Washington's Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86.020. Of the total amount, Markwell must pay the state a $10,000 civil penalty and reimburse the Attorney General office $20,677 to cover the state's costs and fees. Last week, I reported that the Attorney General's office requested a penalty of $96,000, which would have been $2000 for each violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Obviously, Judge Wood didn't agree, saying Continue Reading

Dog thief on the prowl in Queen Anne

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A woman posted the below warning on a Facebook page about a man who attempted to steal her dog. It's never a good idea to leave your dog tied on the sidewalk unless you can see it and get to it within a few seconds. As the weather gets warmer and people start walking with their dogs to cafes/restaurants we're probably going to see more more attempted/successful dog thefts. If you want to enjoy the weather with your dog while you have a latte or meal, choose a place that has an outdoor patio that allows dogs so you can keep yours close by. Also, although these guys were seen in Queen Continue Reading

Seattle area weekend dog events: Friday, Apr. 17-Sunday, Apr. 19

But with love and medical care he bounced back! Photo from Old Dog Haven.

FRIDAY Kitsap Humane Society Adoption Event April 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Petsmart – Silverdale 9588 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale, WA 98383 Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event April 17 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm All The Best Pet Care – Bellevue 1048 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 SATURDAY The Tulip Ride – Redmond to Skagit Valley April 18 Blazing Bagels 6975 176th Ave NE #365, Seattle, WA 98052 Pierce County Spay Station April 18 Albertson’s 104 Military Rd., Spanaway, WA 98387 Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event April 18 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 Continue Reading

Molly is a female cattle dog mix available for adoption

Molly is available for adoption from the Alternative Humane Society in Bellingham. Photo from the Alternative Humane Society.

Sweet frosted-face Molly with the "radar ears" is still waiting at the Alternative Humane Molly is a 9-year-old, 50-pound female cattle dog mix. She is good with other dogs as long as they don't get physical with her, perhaps because her back legs are sensitive. Even though she can't yet play with them, due to a recent surgery, she wags her tail with excitement . Molly would be mellow with cats. She is sweet with respectful children and adults and makes a great companion. Molly can be independent at times (she follows her nose) so a fenced yard is needed. Despite this, she's very Continue Reading

Lost husky in SeaTac

Oaklee is a 4 yo Siberian Husky Lost in SeaTac.

Oaklee is a gorgeous 4-year-old Siberian Husky last seen in the McMicken Heights neighborhood in SeaTac. She has no tags and is wearing the blue bandana you see in her picture. If you see her please email Ashlee Lyon at or call her at 206-867-9575. Continue Reading

Washington legislature passes bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws

Dogs in Hot Cars.

Yesterday the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill that will toughen the penalty for those who abuse animals and make it easier for law enforcement to intervene in cases of animal cruelty. The bill also makes it easier for animal control officers to rescue dogs locked in hot cars. The House passed SSB 5501 by a vote of 59-38 with one excused absence. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in February. It now goes to Governor Jay Inslee where he will hopefully will be signed into law. Here are the highlights of the bill: People who leave an unattended animal in a car, Continue Reading