Animals seized from situations of neglect and abuse deserve a chance to be adopted into a caring environment with proper care. These are living, breathing, social animals – not impounded vehicles. While 57 animals are being held as part of criminal investigations, the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office has failed to file timely charges, even after solid evidence for these cases has been submitted – some rising to felony-level charges. Those who commit crimes of animal cruelty often move on to abuse children and vulnerable adults. Now is the time for the prosecutor’s office to take action and give these cases the priority they deserve.