The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the Edmonds couple charged with animal cruelty and maintaining more dogs at a residence than the law allows began unfolding Wednesday in Edmonds Municipal Court, as the court took up the question of what to do with the remaining dogs.
Hanging in the balance is the fate of five dogs who have spent the past nine months in a local animal shelter. They 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 Ms. Adams. Technically her property, they 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 took up the question of getting them out of the shelter and finding them a more permanent living situation.
The City of Edmonds recommended finding foster homes through PAWS. This was unacceptable to Adams, who instead wanted them turned over to two personal friends who would provide foster care until such time as she could reclaim them. Lawyers for both sides conferred to seek a compromise. Ultimately the city agreed to look into this approach, and the defense 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.
On Monday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. the city will present its findings in court, at which time the individuals proposed to provide foster care will also be present. Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Douglas Fair said that he hopes to be able to make a determination on that day.
— Story and photo by Larry Vogel