BOTHELL, Wash. -- Six badly matted dogs were removed from a Bothell home after an investigation into a suspected case of animal hoarding, said Nancy McKenney of King County Animal Care and Control.
Animal Control Officers and rescuers brought six dogs out of the home. Four of them had hair so badly matted that it was tough to even determine their breed.
“When the first dog came out I couldn't actually tell what side was the head,” said Brendan Brannen of Pasado's Safe Haven.
Firefighters entered the home after the homeowner cooperated with authorities, but they wore biohazard gear and could not open the front door all the way.
Neighbor Irene Anderson first alerted King County on Friday, July 31 about questionable conditions and a large number of animals at the home, McKenney said.
Anderson said she first filed a complaint four years ago and then again last week. Animal Control Officers then began collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and gathering a task force of government agencies to work cooperatively on the case.
Anderson described the scene, “Horrific, haunting, my worst nightmare. I've wondered what kind of condition the dogs would be in.”
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Aug 6, 2009: Home investigated over allegations of animal hoarding
By OWEN LEI