The Rose Adams Case: What’s happened and where it’s going

A group of approximately 30 protesters filled the courtroom lobby during Adams' arraignment May 22.
A group of approximately 30 protesters filled the courtroom lobby during Adams’ arraignment May 22.

The Rose Adams animal abuse case has received considerable local attention, and has put Edmonds in the national spotlight. The case is complex and fraught with controversy and strong emotion, and it’s challenging to separate fact from conjecture. To help our readers understand this case, My Edmonds News has prepared the following overview based on documents and records from the Edmonds Police and Municipal Court:

It all began on May 14 when the Edmonds Police Department was presented with graphic video evidence of animal abuse occurring at Rose Adams’ residence in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood. In response, officers from the Edmonds Police Department served a search warrant later that day on the home shared by Rose Adams and George Beutler.

The authorities found 14 dogs at the residence. All were seized. Twelve were transferred to Adix Kennels, a local shelter that contracts with the City of Edmonds to board animals. Two required veterinary care and were transferred to a local vet.

Rose Adams was taken into custody immediately. The next day, May 15, she was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, one count of keeping more than the legal limit of five dogs at her residence, and one count of creating a public nuisance (barking dogs).

Adams’ partner George Beutler was charged with a single count of animal cruelty in the case. He was taken into custody on May 15. He pled not guilty to the charge.

On May 19, both defendants posted bail and were released.

Adams was arraigned in Edmonds Municipal Court on May 22, and pled not guilty to all charges. Judge Douglas Fair issued a pre-trial ruling that because of the pending criminal charges and as a condition of her continued release, Ms. Adams could not possess or have under her care any domestic animals.

Adams again appeared in court on May 29 to take up the civil matters of what to do with the animals seized and removed from her residence on May 14. Adams agreed in court that day to relinquish ownership interest in seven of the fourteen seized animals.

In the case of the two dogs that were the subject of the animal cruelty charges, the law maintains that Adams maintain a de facto interest in their ownership. Because of this, the Court ordered her to post $2,804.70 bond to cover their boarding and veterinary care by May 30. The law stipulates that should she fail to do this, she would lose interest in the dogs. Adams stated in court that she had no intention of posting bond. As a result, as of 4:30 p.m. on May 30, these two animals joined the other seven, making nine animals available for adoption through Adix Kennels.

 — Story and photo by Larry Vogel



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