Several people have confirmed that the founders of a fake rescue in Springdale, WA exposed by Seattle DogSpot two years ago have abandoned their rental property and disappeared.
Alan and Carrie Aenk left behind over 20 horses and 4 dogs. A neighbor who the Aenks asked to feed the animals for a week while they were gone contacted the Steven’s County Sheriff’s office when they failed to return.
Last week the Independent reported “the Aenks were on the brink of being evicted for not paying rent at the property.”
The article also noted that “a legal ad in the Spokane Exchange…advised the couple if they did not pay the $3,600 they owed in rent by Oct. 1 they would be evicted.”
During a conversation with the neighbor he told me he thought the Aenks left in a hurry because they left keys, glasses, clothes and other items scattered around the house. He also said the Aenks left the animals “in squalor.”
Rough Start Horse Rescue took in the horses. I haven’t been able who took the dogs.
KREM reported that one of the horses had to be put down due to a severe injury to her foot and leg.
I’m not surprised that the Aenks abandoned their animals because they were grifters who used the rescue to make money.
I first heard of the Aenks and Shepherd’s Way Animal Rescue in the summer of 2015 when wildfires were burning all over eastern Washington. They set up a fake fundraiser to raise $10,000 for sanctuary/tent city they claimed to have set up for families displaced by the fires.
They also claimed their property was “the official command center for volunteer fire fighters. We need prayer and finances for food to feed the 150 firefighters that will be here.”
However, the picture showing the “tent city” they set up was a stock photo taken in California the previous year. The photos of the fire they claimed was furing nearby were also stock photos of a California fire.
And the Chief for Stevens County Fire District 1, wrote: