Updated: Police investigating allegations of animal cruelty at Edmonds home
Updated with new information from Edmonds Police as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday:
At approximately 10:20 a.m. Edmonds Police and Animal Control units served a search warrant on an Edmonds residence as part of an investigation into alleged animal cruelty at the residence. The house in the 23600 block of 76th Ave W had been the subject of a YouTube video, which showed several dogs appearing to gang up on one dog.
As a result of this video and investigation, the search warrant was served at the residence. Edmonds Police detectives, patrol officers and animal control officers searched and located 14 dogs in and around the residence. Initial investigation by the animal control officers showed that only five dogs were properly licensed. With the number of dogs at the residence, Mountlake Terrace Animal Control assisted as well.
All 14 dogs were impounded until the five that are properly licensed can be identified. Two of the dogs, including the one observed in the video, were taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.The dog observed in the video suffered from numerous dog bites and the second dog had an injured leg. The impounded dogs will be kept at a local kennel during the completion of the investigation.
A 44-year old-female was taken into custody at the residence for having more than five dogs. City of Edmonds ordinance prohibits more than five domestic animals which is a misdemeanor. The female was booked into the Snohomish County Jail under this charge.
Edmonds police said Tuesday that they are investigating reports of animal cruelty involving several dogs at a residence in the 23600 block of 76th Avenue West.
According to police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, police received a copy of a video depicting mistreatment of the animals. After reviewing the video, detectives and Edmonds police animal control officers investigated, and worked with the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office to obtain a search warrant for the property.
Police were at the Lake Ballinger neighborhood residence Monday as part of the investigation, and are serving the search warrant Tuesday, Marsh said.
“Animal control officers will look into the number of dogs on the property, the condition of any kennel facility for the animals and the physical welfare of the dogs,” he said. “Any dogs deemed to be in poor health or needing medical attention will be impounded as well as any dogs on the property over the legal limit of five or unlicensed animals.”
The investigation will look into all aspects of the case, including possible criminal charges, Marsh said.