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Critics Trying to Rescue Dogs From 'Sanctuary of Sorrow'

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- 1725 days ago -
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.

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Sue H (152)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:20 pm
**Please keep the pressure on and contact the authorities listed below -- ask the city/county/state elected officials why laws aren't being adhered to.

**Let the Forks City Mayor, Byron Monohan, know that you signed the petition -- that it's not "a fraud" as he claims and you want something done to help the dogs.

**Contact news stations and rescues. Please share and help get all the dogs safely rescued.

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and at or below:

++ Rod Fleck, Forks, WA City Attorney: 360-374-5412 ext. 245. Fax (360) 374-9430

++Governor Jay Inslee 360-902-4111.
P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, Washington 98504

++City Council Woman Juanita Weissefels

++Mayor Bryon Monohon

++The Forks Police Department 360-374-2223 - Chief Rick Bart

++Sen. Jim Roy Hargrove
PO Box 40424
Olympia, WA 98504-0424
By email:

++Rep. Kevin Van De Wege
LEG 339A
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7916

++Rep. Steve Tharinger
368 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7904

Clallam County Sheriff
360-417-2262 - Bill Benedict, Sheriff

+++Undersheriff Ron Peregrin
223 E. 4th St. Suite 12
Port Angeles, WA 98362

++Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney
223 East 4th Street, Suite #11
Port Angeles, WA 98362



Mary T (358)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:58 pm
signing the petitions, will send disgusted, had to stop the video...- thank you Sue

Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:59 pm
Noted, signed & shared - and determined to close this hellhole down!!! People, please take action immediately and share far and wide!!!!

Sue H (152)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:17 pm
thanks for the comments and actions

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:57 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:16 pm
I need Farcebook to sign, and I will never get FB. :(

Karen Gee (97)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:19 pm
Signed noted & shared

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:31 pm
Noted and shared. No fb.

Frances Darcy (133)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:37 pm
Signed, will share with friends tomorrow,as I have just sent shared petitions today. Have just sent off emails to all the above, and will post letter to the Governor as no email address available.Will modify my message and get as many family members to send also.

Sue H (152)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:44 pm
thank you so much everyone for comments and actions

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:31 pm
I don't know if my sigs went through or not, as I'm not on FB. W/email though. Thanks, Sue for this.

Sue H (152)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:33 pm
thank you

Sue McGuey (106)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:37 pm
Noted!~ Posted to FB!~ Signed & posted petitions to FB!~

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:56 pm
God that was awful. I couldn't finish the vid nor listen to the rest. These poor dogs need outta this hell now. We need to flood the mayors office with calls+emails. What betrayal 4 these loyal innocent dogs. Email sent in disgust. Thanks Sue

Evelyn B (79)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:18 pm
Noted Tks. Sue.... Hope they shut it down, and save these dogs...The man is the one whom should be euthinized..for his cruelity..

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 8:17 pm
Thanks Sue -

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 8:19 pm
Thank you Sue---This is pure disgust and unacceptable cruelty!! Shared & will e-mail as well. ~

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:16 pm
Signed , shared and noted. despicable!!! Couldn't watch more than a few moments of the video.....I can't take it. Why haven't these fools (officials) sent a request to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary? They are fantastic with 'dangerous' dogs (think ex-pit fighters and Vicks' dogs) They have the space, the personnel and the knowledge to truly LOVE and CARE for these dogs. I just don't get people anymore....that would let that situation go on and on and on. I really don't.

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:23 pm
",,,unsure whether Markwell will accept help..." Well, hell-O, charge his ass with animal cruelty, give him no options. Just do it!!

Very sad news. I hope justice is served for the hundreds of innocent souls.

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:10 pm
Noted. Signed petition. Will try the others. No FB. This place needs to be shut down! Horrible!!! Thanks, Sue.

Patricia Gal (103)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:20 pm
That situation is absolutely 'pathetic'....I'm sure its easy enough to get a warrant to go inside and investigate then bring this guy before the courts. There are way too many people know what's going on and plenty of pictures already to show this guy is performing animal cruelty. One person cannot possible maintian 120 dogs properly every day. He is a sick & cruel man. These dogs need to be released so they can get proper care and companionships. God we pray for your help on this matter. Amen

Julia R (297)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:40 pm
Signed petitions! Will contact those listed above! This is no sanctuary! It is a den of punishment and horror for these poor dogs! This man should be charged with felony animal cruelty and have to serve time in jail! I can't believe Mayor and law enforcement is so intimidated by this man who is obviously an animal hoarder and has really lost touch with reality is so oblivious to the suffering of these dogs! I'm hoping that HSUS or another national organization will somehow be able to take these dogs away from him as they will slowly perish otherwise! Praying for these poor dogs.

Charmaine Shannon (38)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:23 pm
Noted. Signed and Shared!! This is a SAD SITUATION for these POOR INNOCENT DOGS....This is a CRUEL and INHUMANE MAN who needs "HELP" and the Dogs need to be RESCUED ASAP!!!! Thanks Sue H.

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:49 pm
I sent emails to some on the list. The mayor doesn't think this is a crisis so I skipped him. The link to the petitions didn't work.

S B (76)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:02 am
These poor animals deserve the right to live

Caroline S (78)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:33 am
Unacceptable cruelty. This makes me sick .
Thanks, Sue.

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:46 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:22 am
C'est tellement dommage. Les animaux touchés par cette affaire n'auront vraiment aucun autre endroit où aller.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:25 am
shared with care2 friends and will now "modify" my email for different email addresses "in my possession"... old email addresses live but rarely used.... and even our 2 cats had email accounts, set up to show my sister how to do it ...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:37 am
What should a shelter do?

John Holton (344)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:45 am

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:04 am
Thanks Sue. Could not sign as I am not a FB member.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:27 am

Why do animals pay the price with their live's when its peoples fault that these animals are suffering!

Kathleen R (192)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:37 am
Signed petitions. Sent e-mails. Very sad situation. Again, it's the animals who suffer. Thank you Sue

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:10 am

Ruth S. (315) Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:27 am

Why do animals pay the price with their live's when its peoples fault that these animals are suffering!

Ruth I agree. I agree with everyone . These animals need help fast .

I will be signing right after I post. I think chances is the website I had to register for an account with because I don't do FB. I'm sure it is. In case people that don't have FB like me want to sign,it did allow me to make an account because i just recenly did it for a ferret petition. I felt it was urgent enough and this one is urgent as well.

Frances Darcy - I usually sign twice and many of us have different email addresses even with our pets names. I believe they go by the email address and any other address you use. I don't personally see any problem with that and more signatures are always needed. Only an opinion. I'm not suggesting that people should do this. Sometimes there's more than one of us in the home or we have a friend.

This is an extremely horrible situation. It breaks my heart.

TY for the post Sue!

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:17 am

Terrie Williams (571) Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:16 pm
Signed , shared and noted. despicable!!! Couldn't watch more than a few moments of the video.....I can't take it. Why haven't these fools (officials) sent a request to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary? They are fantastic with 'dangerous' dogs (think ex-pit fighters and Vicks' dogs) They have the space, the personnel and the knowledge to truly LOVE and CARE for these dogs. I just don't get people anymore....that would let that situation go on and on and on. I really don't.

Terri, You summed it up well. Why is this continuing to go on?? Someone needs to help right away. It's known what ihas been happening and someone should have been there already...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:33 am
Where is the petition?

Rekha S (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:38 am
I think that no matter how dangerous a dog is, it should not be euthanized. Animals don't have a conscience and humans do. They don't even give death penalty to some filthy rapists so why give it to these poor animals. No if its dangerous then it should be kept confined, people say that there's not enough money for this but that just shows how much work there needs to be done.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:43 am
emails sent. No dog should ever be treated cruelly, give them a second chance at a real sanctuary.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:48 am
How does anyone know if these dogs are really dangerous, that could be a lie.

. (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 7:30 am
What a horrible situation! Thanks for sharing, Sue.

Julie E (405)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:01 am
Done! Thank you AniMaeChi for the forward!

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:18 am
noted with sadness.

. (1)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:33 am
Noted with horror. Thank you Sue.

Erika M (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:38 am
very, very sad. I did not see a petition anywhere. I would love t sign it.

Sandra O'Donovan (41)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 9:10 am
Disgusted...all animals should be removed from this supposed shelter...ASAP

Barbara F (47)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:57 am

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 11:20 am
Very sad...

Monica T (278)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 11:55 am
Petitions signed! Thanks...

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:12 pm
petycja podpisana

Ilona V (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:54 pm
Sadly noted. Sorry can't sign, no FB but I will send letters. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:27 pm
I am so bloody sick of hearing *at least they're alive!* THIS is what it leads to.
Signed, sealed and letters delivered!

. (3)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:20 pm
noted, signed & shared

Sue H (152)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:10 pm
thank you very much for all that you do everyone

S J (130)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:35 pm
Noted, thanks Sue

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:01 pm

Teresa García (40)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted & signed...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 7:18 pm
"Mayor Monohon was asked "is there not enough reason to get a warrant to go in and look?"

"There is not at this time," he said.

Outside the warehouse, KOMO 4 News asked Markwell directly, "When you look over at that facility, is that really the vision that you had in mind when you started?"

"It's a starting point," he said.

Markwell began to walk away.

"Anyway, I don't want to do an interview," he said.

KOMO 4 News contacted top animal welfare leaders locally and nationwide. All of them, including the Humane Society of the United States, agree there are big problems with the Olympic Animal Sanctuary and several are trying to help. It's unclear whether Markwell will accept that help."

Sad situation that started out as well-meaning.

Thanks Sue.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 9:43 pm
Signed on Very sad situation.

cynthia l (207)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:09 pm

Jeanne R (1203)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:36 pm

Jeanne R (1203)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:37 pm
Signed and noted.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 11:09 pm
signed noted & shared,ty

Danuta W (1250)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 1:15 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 5:29 am
Sadly noted

Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 7:36 am
Noted. Signed petition, but I'm not on FB. Thanks, Sue and Rhonda (for the link).

Diana T (1)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 8:02 am
It's unfortunate, but a job that big needs whole teams of people to make it work. I feel bad for the guy, apparentlty his heart was in the right place, but lots of people don't realize just how big these problems are until they actually get headlong into it.

Heather Wyatt (1)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 9:13 am
poor animals. its so sad that these people aren't capable of giving pure love like these dogs do

Oleg Kobets (91)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 9:17 am

Sherri Martin (78)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 7:04 pm
Signed petitions, took pledge and sent emails....such a horrible and sad situation....shared everything to Facebook to help with awareness and hopefully get more involved....

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:19 am
Noted & Shared. Signed petition on
Thanks Sue.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:32 pm
Done Thanks

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
Thank you.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:10 pm
Thank you for the important news.

Melania Padilla (122)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:19 am
Sick bastards.... Thanks for posting!

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 9:33 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, watched video, tweeted and shared video. This is really stressful. Horrible to think that a sanctuary hurts animals. Also I am unsure of the truth. Because I love animals, I want to protect them from just the possibility of being mistreated; yet, no one wants hostile animals. Makes me one to cry because I can't in my mind figure our a logical answer.

Maria S (95)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:20 am
Sadly noted. I'm not on facebook. Signed petition. Thanks Sue!

Cinzia Palamara (24)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:38 am
Many thanks for sharing, Sue

Gerald Gifford (0)
Monday December 30, 2013, 11:32 am
Community rescue groups are the people who help prevent healthy animals from being killed by county animal shelters. Keeping animals out of gas chambers and from the needles and saving lives of innocent animals. In Brevard County Fl our animal services shelters are refusing to let community rescue groups do their thing and animals are needlessly dying. When animal services is forced to work with these groups the system works. In less than 4 weeks 169 cats were adopted after an adoption center was set up in the local mall controlled by a rescue group. Yet BASE continues to turn their head to what can be done when people put their minds to saving animals in county shelters. My first hand experience with Herbie the Cat should have been a feel good story but instead Herbie is a statistic. His fate was with the Gas Chamber man and he was killed two hours before I could rescue him. I urge everyone to take action to make sure your community joins the other 200+ towns, cities and organizations that are now NO KILL facilities where 90% or more of the animals are saved.

Contact Brevard County Animal Services and tell them to stop killing healthy animals

Ismail Al ahmad (171)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 5:26 am
Noted and Signed, Thank you Sue
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