Earlier this month I wrote that two puppies adopted out by K9 Northwest dog rescue earlier this year both died soon after they were adopted – one had parvovirus and the other had distemper.
In both cases there was ample proof that both puppies contracted these diseases before they were adopted while still in the care of K9 Northwest.
I understand that any dog rescue can make mistakes, but I’ve never heard of a reputable dog rescue that had any of its dogs die of parvovirus or distemper after being adopted. That’s because these rescues take extreme care to ensure that their dogs are properly vaccinated AND they don’t adopt out their dogs until the incubation period for these diseases has passed.
In my opinion, K9 Northwest definitely does NOT belong in the category of reputable rescues, and it’s not just because they adopted out sick puppies. Based on information sent to me from her former neighbors, K9 Northwest founder Melissa Lingk also kept the dogs in horrific conditions before they were adopted.
Corrine and Travis Hofland lived next to her when she lived in McLeary, WA in Grays Harbor County. Recently Corrine sent me disturbing evidence of how the dogs were treated at K9 Northwest, which Ms. Lingk ran from her home.
She also sent a picture showing how Ms. Lingk put up tarps so “no one (could) see the abuse and neglect” inflicted on the dogs.
Here is the the information that Corrine sent to me. I added the italics and bolding, and I redacted some of the witnesses for their privacy. WARNING – It contains graphic, gruesome language.
To whom it may concern,
Melissa Lingk runs a “No Kill Rescue” under the name of K9 Northwest next door to me for a several years now. Animal control has been called several times by us and the other adjoining neighbors but, has failed to do anything, even after a video of a larger dog eating a smaller dog was taken and shown to them they still did nothing to stop the abuse that has been going on under the guise of a rescue. Melissa Lingk has been touted as being a savior to dogs but, no one knows what actual care these dogs have received.
K9 Northwest should not be allowed to operate as a rescue when they clearly do not save these poor animals. Often we’ve stepped outside and have heard massive dog fights brought on by too many dogs being housed together and occasionally have smelled death in the air.
I could go on and on about the various atrocities heard and smelled at K9 Northwest but, I feel that the evidence collected by us and our other neighbors will speak for itself.
Jane Zepp and her son Aaron witnessed a larger dog killing a smaller dog in the K9 Northwest kennels. Aaron Zepp later grabbed a video camera to collect evidence as Melissa refused to open the door as the atrocities occurred. In this video (sorry it had to be uploaded to YouTube as it was too large to email) you will see that a larger dog is indeed eating the smaller dog.)
The above video was shown to Grays Harbor County Animal Control Officer Nichole Pollard. After the Nichole viewed the video she had a conversation with Melissa Lingk. Melissa placed the blame of the death on the Zepps and assured the Officer that everything was under control.
A week after witnessing the fate of the poor little dog Aaron Zepp saw the same larger dog kill yet another small dog. At this point Aaron went and spoke with Melissa stating there was a problem. This is proof that Melissa knew that this dog shouldn’t be around other dogs yet did nothing to remedy the actual problem except to surround the kennels with plastic tarp so no one can see the abuse and neglect. Officer Nichole Pollard has yet to do anything to stop the atrocities even after multiple complaints have been made by several people.
This is what the kennel area looks like now. They unload their new transports (dogs) in the middle of the night so no one can see exactly how many dogs are on the property. My husband and I have actually been in the house once and its wall to wall kennels throughout the front rooms.
They also own a seriously sick horse and pony, neither of which have shelter or adequate food. This picture is of their pasture; on the right there are piles of glass that they walk through trying to find food.
K9 Northwest has moved from McCleary to a more remote location. Below is a picture of the dog manure and straw left behind where the tarped kennel was, this picture really doesn’t give justice to the size of hill for I did not want to trespass.
Something has to be done to stop them and I will no longer be silent in hopes of not making an enemy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time,
Travis and Corrine Hofland
Owner/CEO: Melissa Lingk
This note left me speechless, appalled, and disgusted.
No one who truly cared about saving dogs would allow them to live in these conditions and kill each other.
Ms. Lingk told me that she is disbanding K9 Northwest after they adopt out their remaining dogs. I hope that’s true. But I will continue to post information about this group so people will know how it treated dogs in its care.
I also hope it will drive home the fact that before anyone adopts a dog from a rescue he/she should make sure it’s a reputable group. A quick search online search should give you the information you need. If you see multiple, similar complaints about a rescue, or if a rescue won’t allow you to see their dogs look, do not adopt a dog from it.