Charges will likely be filed in a case of severe animal neglect, according to Thurston County Animal Services.
Director Susanne Beauregard said several animals — mainly rabbits and dogs — have been removed from a home on the 3800 block of Cooper Pointe Road, located outside of Olympia, and taken to a veterinarian. Other animals were found dead at the home.
“There were some indeed horrifying conditions,” Beauregard said. “Stuff that would just make your stomach turn.”
Beauregard said the investigation is ongoing, so she was unable to give details about the case. Once the investigation is complete, the information will be presented to the Thurston County Prosecutor, who will decide whether to file charges.
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“I’m fairly sure charges will probably be filed in the neglect issues,” Beauregard said. “But you never know where exactly it’s going to go, you never know what charges are going to come out of it until the investigation is done and it’s been passed to the prosecutor.”
Animal Services began investigating the case after a man who had been invited to stay at the home reported that the animals were being mistreated, Beauregard said. He had brought his animals to stay at the home, and when he threatened to report the animal abuse the homeowners threatened to harm his animals, too.
He was able to leave and report the abuse.