Trial of Edmonds couple accused of animal abuse postponed to Dec. 20
Charged earlier this year with numerous accounts of animal abuse, Rose Adams and George Buetler were back in Edmonds Municipal Court on Wednesday, Oct.16, for a pre-trial confirmation hearing in preparation for their scheduled Nov. 1 trial.
The charges stem from graphic video evidence obtained by Edmonds police on May 14 showing the pair engaged in numerous acts of apparent animal abuse directed at dogs being kept at their Lake Ballinger neighborhood residence. Later that day, police obtained a warrant and conducted a search of the home, where they found and seized 14 dogs, two of which required veterinary care for injuries sustained presumably as a result of abuse. Adams and Beutler were taken into custody immediately.
On May 19, both posted bond and were released.
Arraigned in Edmonds Municipal Court on May 22, Adams pled not guilty to all charges. Judge Douglas Fair issued a pre-trial ruling that because of the pending criminal charges and as a condition of her continued release, Adams could not possess or have under her care any domestic animals.
In the ensuing weeks, Adams and Beutler appeared in court several times to provide testimony and hear Judge Fair’s determinations regarding disposition of the seized animals and paying for the costs of boarding and veterinary care.
Originally scheduled for Aug. 9, their trial date on criminal animal abuse charges was postponed until Nov.1 to allow their attorneys and the prosecutor additional time to obtain statements from witnesses and assemble other evidence.
At the pre-trial confirmation hearing Wednesday, the couple’s attorneys and the prosecutor again asked Fair for a continuance due to continued difficulties obtaining statements from key witnesses. Fair set a new trial date of Dec.20, with a pre-trial confirmation hearing on Dec. 11.
– Story and photo by Larry Vogel