A Shoreline woman whose five dogs were confiscated during an animalabuse sweep near Eatonville last month won’t be getting her pets back, a Pierce County judge ruled Thursday.
Debra Marks said she was visiting her sister, two daughters and mother in the 8700 block of 330th Street East on June 3 when Pierce County Animal Control officers raided the home.
Marks’ three Chihuahuas (Rose, Pinky and Poncho) and two greyhounds (Ashley and Cindy) were among 77 animals removed from the property.
“She happened to be at the wrong place, wrong time,” Marks’ attorney Saad Qadri argued in court Thursday.
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Marks had driven to Eatonville with her five dogs at 4 a.m. to help her relatives clean up their house, the attorney said. Qadri added that Marks and her husband, Leo, had been raising the dogs in “a healthy, safe and clean environment.”
Deputy Prosecutor Cort O’Connor disagreed about Marks’ ability to provide a suitable home for her pets, calling three witnesses from Pierce County and King County animal control agencies to the stand.
King County officer Kerri Sheehan testified that when she inspected Marks’ house in 2007 in response to a complaint, there were “feces and urine on the floor, everywhere.”
A similar complaint was filed in 2009 for too many animals living in poor conditions at the Shoreline home, O’Connor said.
Judge Karla E. Buttorff ruled that Marks had not provided sufficient evidence that the dogs would not suffer neglect or abuse in her care.
Qadri said his client is weighing her options before deciding whether to appeal the ruling.
If Marks does not appeal, the county will put her dogs up for adoption.