Over 3 months after the Thurston County Permitting and Land Use Office cited her for having too many dogs in a residence, Sharon Gold, founder of Furever Homes dog rescue, still has more dogs than the County allows.
Thurston County cited Gold last February for violating the County ordinance limiting residents to 3 dogs. In two follow up visits, staff from the Permitting and Land Use office noted that Gold still had more than 3 dogs in her home (which she rents).
I requested a copy of the Permitting and Land Use Office report after a site visit at Gold’s home. The report noted Gold had 8 dogs on site plus 1 more dog inside with 2 litters totaling 9 puppies.
Here’s the message I received from the staff person who did the site visit:
“On 4.15.2016 I completed a follow up inspection of the property. I observed more than the allowed 3 dogs on the property. I spoke with Ms. Gold (tenant) and she stated that several of the dogs had been placed and 3 more were in the process of placement to leave the property by the middle of May. She understood that a permit was necessary and that she needed more time to re-home the animals and obtain the appropriate permits. There has been progress made toward compliance since the time of the first inspection; therefore, additional time has been provided for voluntary compliance. There was also some confusion about the regulations after she came into the office to speak with management in late March. That confusion has been cleared up and she understood that no additional dogs may be brought to the site.
I will be completing a follow up site inspection in mid-May to determine compliance and progress.”
According to the field notes I obtained, the “confusion” referred to is Gold’s claim that she didn’t realize that the County’s limitation rules included puppies.
The staff person also stated that Gold did not allow him to take any pictures of the dogs.
The field notes also noted that the Permitting and Land Use Office decided to give Gold an extension since Gold made “progress toward compliance.”
Apparently, that didn’t help.
When someone from the Permitting and Lane Use Office did a site visit in May, Gold still had 6 dogs.
But for some reason, she got another extension.
I wonder if anyone from the Permitting and Land Use Office thought it was odd that Gold apparently only found homes for 2 dogs in over a month.
Or that 2-1/2 months after she was first cited, Gold still hadn’t reduced the number dogs at her residence below the legal limit.
Maybe it’s because she’s still importing dogs.
All you have to do is look at the Furever Homes Facebook page to see dozens of new dogs Gold imported to Washington since she was specifically told not to bring in any more dogs.
Here are a some examples:
I don’t understand why Thurston County Permitting and Land Use Office is giving extensions to Gold. After 3 site visits in 3 months their staff saw she had more dogs than the county allows. Furthermore, a quick summary of the Furever Homes Facebook pages would show she’s still getting more dogs.
It’s not like she’s a model citizen:
- She brought puppies from Mexico into the US illegally.
- She harassed a former member of the Naval Reserve and Coast Guard that fostered puppies for her.
- The veteran she harassed had to get a restraining order against Gold.
- Last summer Thurston County Animal Control found 85 dogs dogs at her house
To the best of my knowledge no one cited her when she had 85 dogs.
Again, I don’t understand why officials have to this point turned a blind eye to Gold’s operation. She’s not only flaunting Thurston County’s dog limit regulations, but Joint Animal Services for Thurston County has a huge file on her that recommends staff should use “caution” when dealing with her and that she’s been “extremely hostile and belligerent to staff.”
I’ll write more about her dealings with Joint Animal Services soon. In the meantime, the Permitting and Land Use office will conduct another site visit this month.
I wonder how many dogs she’ll have this time.