FORKS, Wash. — It’s a noble cause: Give sanctuary to dangerous dogs whose only other option is being euthanized. But critics say the man who runs the Olympic Animal Sanctuary has failed that mission and the many dogs in his care should be removed.
Despite concerns over living conditions for dogs at a Forks, Wash., dog sanctuary, town officials have elected not to shut down the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) – this morning, animal advocates from Dogs Deserve Better arrived to see the dogs’ living conditions first hand.
Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne and Rescue Coordinator Robin Budin arrived to the “sanctuary,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The organization had placed a dog named “Sonny,” in the care of OAS and following claims that the dogs at the sanctuary are neglected, they have decided that they want the dog back.
The following was posted about the women’s attempt to see Sonny:
Steve Markwell’s vehicle was not on the premises but he sent two policeman to ensure that we did not trespass on his property. We bear signs saying “We are here for our tour” and “We’d like to see Sonny now”, These are perfectly reasonable requests.
It is 29 degrees here right now and we are told the building isn’t heated. We can hear all the dogs barking. They will bark all day while we are here. We will stay here until three in hopes that Markwell will give us a tour and our dog back.
Critics have accused OAS, which is owned and operated by Steve Markwell, of housing dogs in small, dirty crates and pens. Markwell could not disprove the critics when KOMO News investigators arrived because he denied them entry.
Former volunteers for OAS told KOMO News that OAS is:
- A hell hole for these animals
- An absolute nightmare
Even a Forks police officer found the living conditions to be less-than-ideal.
Despite the statements from former volunteers and a local police officer, the authorities and town officials have done nothing to shut OAS down.
Links to officials in Forks, Wash., here.
On Thursday morning, a recount of what took place on Wednesday was published, including photos taken by the women who were hoping to see the conditions inside – read more here.
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About Dogs Deserve Better:-
Bring dogs into the home and family through education, rescue and rehabilitation, awareness campaigns, fencing solutions, and grassroots legislation. To donate today to support our efforts on behalf of chained dogs, visit http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/donations2.html
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Arrested for the Dogs at OAS in Forks Washington, December 6, 2013
On December 6, 2013, Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne was peacefully protesting on behalf of the dogs trapped in cages at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington. She was arrested due to a bogus restraining order filed by the sanctuary founder in an attempt to silence her and interfere with her constitutionally protected rights of free speech.
Many have been trying to get help for these dogs for at least two years. Complaints have been filed by former volunteers and neighbors, and Forks Police did investigate, finding horrendous conditions, in November 2012 but never followed through with a cruelty arrest. Instead, they made a deal with the founder of OAS that he would cut down the number of dogs to 60. This deal has not been honored, and rescue groups attempting to get dogs returned to them from the warehouse conditions have been denied.
Rescue exists for every dog in the facility, and groups stand by to get their dogs returned or released to other rescues for evaluation and rehabilitation whenever possible. Yet OAS refuses to allow anyone inside to see conditions or to return any dogs.
During the time that DDB founder Tamira Thayne and rescue coordinator Robin Budin protested outside the facility from December 4-6, no one was observed entering or leaving the premises to care for the dogs. No dogs were walked, and only one dog was visible in the outside yard. The dogs cried in unison repeatedly all throughout the day. They were not allowed in and instead were met by police to ensure they didn’t trespass. We are told the warehouse isn’t heated, and even if it were there are large gaps in the wall panels and windows upstairs remain open even in driving snow and temperatures in the lower twenties.
To learn more and see how you can help, visit these pages:http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/sonn…. Help is needed for legal fees for DDB founder Tamira Thayne and Robin Budin, due to the attempts to thwart their free speech with restraining orders and the subsequent arrest and jailing of Tamira Thayne.
Visit this facebook page, which is the most comprehensive and up to date site for the history of the efforts to free the dogs at OAS. Thank you for caring about these dogs:-https://www.facebook.com/pages/OAS-li…
Read More & See The Living Conditions of These Poor Dogs:- http://olympicanimalsanctuary.info/
Animal Rescue Corps made the incredible offer to the City of Forks providing a safe alternative for removal of the dogs, but, as of November 2013, Forks Authorities have continued to refuse their offer.
Please join in our effort to bring an end to their suffering and get them safely rescued and into facilities where they will be better taken care of, or forever homes, if they are deemed adoptable.
Please contact the authorities listed in the link below — ask elected officials why they are allowing the dogs to remain in these conditions and why they aren’t adhering to animal abuse laws:- http://olympicanimalsanctuary.info/be-their-voice.html
News link:- Critics trying to rescue dogs from ‘sanctuary of sorrow’:- http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Former-supporter-calls-Forks-dog-sanctuary-a-torture-chamber-224972202.html?tab=gallery&c=y
FORKS, Wash. — Pressure continues to build on a controversial dog shelter in Forks that’s accused of severely mistreating its animals.
A lawsuit has now been filed against the man who runs the Olympic Animal Sanctuary, accusing him of “failing to provide adequate and humane care” for a dog named Leroy and refusing to give back the dog placed there temporarily.
Olympic Animal Sanctuary files restraining order against women who want their dog back:- http://www.seattledogspot.com/blog/dog-blog/post/olympic-animal-santuary-blocks-women-from-rescue-group-who-traveled-cross-country-to-get-their-dog-back