With at least two witnesses yet to be called, Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Douglas Fair ruled that the animal abuse trial of Rose Adams and George Beutler would resume Monday, Feb. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
It has been more than eight months since sensational video of animal abuse in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood triggered public outrage and resulted a raid on the couple’s home. Fourteen animals were seized. My Edmonds News has been covering the story from the beginning. A quick recap is available here.
Testimony heard Friday included Edmonds Senior Animal Control officer Debbie Dawson who described the May 13 raid on the Lake Ballinger area house shared by the couple. She described in detail finding 14 dogs living in various crates and locked in bedrooms. She told of one dog, a white pit bull named Sadie, with numerous injuries and spattered with blood. She described Sadie’s condition as “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in my career as an animal control officer.”
Edmonds veterinarian Larry Remick treated Sadie and one of the other seized animals. He testified that both animals were suffering from numerous puncture and tear wounds consistent with dog fighting, and deep bruising consistent with blunt trauma. He testified that the latter injuries would not be sustained in a dog fight, but rather from being kicked or hit with a blunt instrument. He went on to testify that the injuries included both fresh wounds estimated as between 24 and 48 hours old, and numerous older scars and bruises that could indicate a history of fighting and abuse.
Additional testimony will be presented on Monday, Feb.10. The jury then will hear final arguments and instructions before beginning their deliberations.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel