It was an emotional day in Edmonds Municipal Court Wednesday as Rose Adams was sentenced to 16 days in jail and ordered to pay $630 in fines for violating Edmonds laws limiting the number of pets to five per household.
In addition she will serve two years probation, during which the court ordered that she may not possess any domestic animals.
Adams was found guilty of this charge earlier this week, but the jury deadlocked on two additional counts of animal cruelty (see article from My Edmonds News here. A retrial on these is forthcoming, but a date has not yet been set.
The same jury found Adams’ boyfriend, George Beutler, not guilty of animal cruelty.
Alternatively tearful, argumentative, subdued and bellicose, Adams on Wednesday presented Municipal Court Judge Douglas Fair with a list of arguments and extenuating circumstances to justify a lighter sentence. She stressed her strong love for animals, tearfully describing them as “like her children,” as she asked to not be prohibited from possessing pets for two years.
In the end, Fair sentenced her to 95 days in jail, suspended 75, and gave her credit for four days already served. He did not remand her to custody immediately, pending the outcomes of the other charges against her. He also imposed a $500 fine plus a $130 public defender fee, payable in $25 monthly installments.
Wednesday’s actions do not mark the end of Adams’ court appearances. In addition to her upcoming retrial on two counts of animal cruelty, she has several other charges pending, including dog nuisance and various traffic violations.
— Story and photo by Larry Vogel