Olympia house fire victim may face charges of animal cruelty

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“If animal welfare suspects someone is keeping animals, that they are concerned about, then animal welfare should have the right to search said house…sod the owner saying ‘No your not coming in’ if they say that, then they probably have something to hide; but will have time to fix it by the time animal control come back! Just think how many animals would have been saved, from horrible deaths, like  starvation, dehydration & untreated wounds etc.; if only animal welfare had the power to enter properties!!

An Olympia woman whose house caught fire last week could face animal-cruelty charges.

A fire broke out at the two-story DeHart Drive home Wednesday morning, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage and killing several animals. The cause is under investigation.

The scene was “not biologically safe” for fire crews without a proper breathing apparatus because of the amount of animal feces, according to Animal Services. The number of items in the home made it difficult for crews to move around, said Animal Services Officer Ray Spragg, who responded to the scene.
 “It was a mix of furniture and beds and cages and Christmas statues and just what one might typically find in a hoarding-type environment,” he said. “Small pathways from room to room.”
The owner has been known to Animal Services since last year, when officers were called to the address for a welfare check. “We didn’t have enough evidence to get in, and she would not let us in to check things,” Spragg said. “We had our suspicions.”
 He said there were 10 dogs, eight birds, a cat and a pot-bellied pig in the home. One of the dogs and seven of the birds died at the scene. The cat and one of the dogs have not been found. The dogs were taken to two Yelmarea animal rescues, Gurrs and Purrs and Cornucopia Animal Rescue, by request of the owner. They were all “severely flea-infested,” Spragg said.
 The pot-bellied pig was turned over to Animal Services. They call her “Penny Pig.” “She is pretty sweet as far as pigs go,” Spragg said. The pig was treated at South Bay Veterinary Hospital for smoke inhalation. The pig is only slightly underweight, but Animal Services Director Suzanne Beauregard is more concerned about its hooves and skin. “They are very bad,” she said. A volunteer was filling the pig’s makeshift pool in a pen behind the Animal Services building. It walked up to her, curly tail wagging. The pig’s hooves extend several inches out, and its dry skin is beginning to peel off in large pieces. Beauregard said both issues are from neglect. She plans to fix the pig’s hooves while it is getting spayed, but that will depend on whether the pig’s lungs can handle the anesthesia.
 Spragg said it looked as though the pig lived in the upstairs room it was found in for years. He plans to forward the case to the Olympia Prosecutor’s Office. Spragg said the owner has other animals at a Lacey address and plans to also have the Yelm shelters take those animals.

Nine birds decapitated and dozens of animals missing after vandals break into Australian zoo

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  • Vandals broke in to zoo in the region of Tasmania and opened 30 cages and enclosures
  • Nine birds were found dead and mutilated with their heads crushed and ripped off
  • Over 60 animals are still missing from Tasmania Zoo

Nine rare birds were brutally slaughtered and decapitated and over 60 animals are missing after a break-in at a zoo in Australia.

 Zoo owner Dick Warren arrived on Friday morning to find his animals mutilated and the doors to over 30 enclosures hosting birds, wallaby, monkeys and quolls – an endangered marsupial species – cut open.

Police believe several perpetrators broke into Tasmania Zoo in Riverside, Tasmania during the night and opened the cages.

Slaughtered: The birds were found decapitated or with their heads crushed when the owners arrived at Tasmania Zoo on Friday morning

The zoo-workers were forced to clean up the bodies of their treasured birds after the vandals killed them.

Dick Warren, who opened the zoo nine years ago, said the scene that met him yesterday morning was ‘heartbreaking’.

They’ve just caught them and banged their heads and pulled their heads off,’ he told ABC Television.

How could people do this sort of thing? It hits you so hard.’

Warren’s daughter Rochelle Penney, who co-owns the private zoo with her father, said they have spent the past days trying to re-capture the lost animals, as many will not survive in the wild.

Anger: A visibly upset Mr Warren spoke to Australian TV about his ordeal and said the vandalism and bird murders had hit him hard

‘A lot of our animals are in captivity for a reason and they won’t survive on their own,’ she told CNN

Although a majority of the animals were re-captured more than 60 animals remain missing today, including two rare swift parrots, a yellow-tailed black cockatoo and five quolls.

Animal keeper Courtney McMahon said the missing quolls has had a devastating impact on the zoo’s breeding program.

The rare mammal also goes by the name ‘native cat’ and is endangered in its natural habitat.

Despite its moniker the carnivorous marsupial is a closer relative to kangaroos and Tasmanian devils than cats, and the loss of the five animals has been a painful hit for Tasmania Zoo.

‘We’re trying to increase numbers of threatened species and we’ve lost a good part of that program,’  she said.

Two chainsaws were also stolen from the zoo and police are appealing for witnesses.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183679/Nine-birds-decapitated-dozens-animals-missing-vandals-break-Australian-zoo.html#ixzz22cfEpsh9

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