An Issaquah dog show judge and Chihuahua breeder accused of starving and neglecting dozens of dogs has been charged with animal cruelty.

King County prosecutors contend Margaret Ann Hamilton horded 100 breeding and show dogs housed in squalid conditions at homes in Burien and Issaquah.

Following a tip from an animal welfare group, King County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers raided the homes and discovered the dogs living in stacked animal carriers covered in feces and hair.

Writing the court, King County Sheriff’s Office Detective John K. Pavlovich suggested Hamilton and her now-deceased husband was hording animals. All of the dogs recovered had been bred or bought by Hamilton and her husband as show dogs.

Hoarding is likely a factor in what was occurring as the Hamiltons were clearly unable to part with dogs that they had collected over the years, even after the dogs were past show or breeding age,” the detective told the court.

In September, an anonymous caller told staff at Pasado’s Safe Haven animal shelter Hamilton, 69, was hording dogs at a Burien home owned by her brother-in-law. The caller told the animal welfare organization the malnourished, filthy dogs were kept in the dark basement at all hours.

According to charging documents, two Pasado’s Safe Haven employees then illegally entered the Burien home through an unlocked door and discovered several dogs locked in small animal carriers.

“There were approximately 30 to 40 small dogs, stacked in filthy crates,” Pavlovich told the court, recalling the women’s statements to police. “Most of the dogs had no food or water in the crates and many displayed what (the women) described as ‘neurotic behavior,’ such as circling repeatedly in the small crates.”

Of the 38 dogs recovered from the home, 13 were put down due to severe injuries stemming from months of neglect, according to charging documents. The detective noted all the euthanized dogs “appeared to be in pain … and the extent of their medical issues was such that (a veterinarian) could not effectively treat them.”

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