Jurors hear from animal control officer, vet in Adams-Beutler dog abuse trial

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Rose Adams and George Buetler are flanked by their defense team of Sarah Cho and John Rongerude as they appeared in court Friday for the beginning of their jury trial on charges of animal cruelty.
Rose Adams and George Buetler are flanked by their defense team of Sarah Cho and John Rongerude as they appeared in court Friday for the beginning of their jury trial on charges of animal cruelty.

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.”

Public defender John Rongerude questions Edmonds veterinarian Larry Remick in Adams-Beutler animal abuse case.
Public defender John Rongerude questions Edmonds veterinarian Larry Remick in Adams-Beutler animal abuse case.

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

4 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to thank you Mr Vogel from the bottom of my heart for not just forgetting about the torture & the misery that these dogs went through. You have been a constant in the struggle to bring these dogs to safety & to get some type of justice for them. I pray on Monday that “justice” will finally be served. Sadie, Brownie & Mugsy are now safe & thriving & with any luck the remaining 5 dogs will be able to find new homes & new lives.

  2. Thank you, Brandia, for your comments. As a news reporter in Edmonds my primary job is to report the facts so others can form their own opinions. Know that I strive to be objective, unbiased and fair in everything I cover. This is particularly important in cases like this one, where strong opinions and emotions come into play. I’m honored to serve my community in this way.

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