The fate of five dogs that have spent the past nine months in a local animal shelter is still uncertain, after Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Douglas Fair ruled Monday that foster homes proposed for the animals are unsuitable.
The five were among the 14 dogs seized when the Lake Ballinger-area home shared by Rose Adams and George Beutler was raided by police last May. The other nine animals were unlicensed and have since been adopted or fostered out. But these five were legally registered to Adams, so have been held at the shelter at city expense pending disposition of her case.
Convicted by a jury earlier this month of exceeding the legal maximum number of animals at a residence (see article here), Adams was sentenced to jail time, fines and two years’ probation during which she may not possess or have under her care any domestic animals. With Adams now unable to reclaim her dogs for at least two years, the court’s next task is to find them a more permanent living situation.
The City of Edmonds had recommended finding foster homes through PAWS. But Adams had requested instead that they be turned over to two personal friends who would provide foster care until such time as she could reclaim them. As a compromise, Adams’ defense attorney agreed to allow city animal control officers to interview and research the two friends to see if they would be able to provide suitable foster situations.
But after Fair received the report Monday from Edmonds Animal Control, which investigated the suggested foster care situations over the weekend, the judge deemed that both proposed foster options were “unsuitable.” He then granted a defense request for additional time to find other possible caregivers for the animals. The next opportunity for the defense to present suitable names will be this Wednesday, Feb. 26, at which time a pretrial hearing had already been set for Adams and Buetler on a separate but related public disturbance charge.