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Owner of Olympic Animal Sanctuary Agrees to Release Dogs

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Eims Steve Markwell, the founder/owner of the beleaguered Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Wash., released a statement about the facility on Saturday.

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Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:52 am

Kamia T (89)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:29 am
I'm glad he has agreed to release the animals to a reputable sanctuary. Having rescue dogs with issues, one of the things I always have to remind myself is that I have to limit how many I have in order to be able to give them the daily attention and resources they need. However, it's interesting to see so-called "dog" lovers who have refused to successfully adopt any of the animals in Markwell's care tell him how bad he's doing.

Waltraud U (84)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:35 am
noted ty

Connie Palladini (100)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:46 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 11:11 am
A lame letter to say the least...but i couldn't be happier these poor dogs are all being released to no kill facilities. Thx Kelly

Roger G (154)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 11:38 am
noted, thanks

Sheri Schongold (7)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 12:26 pm
This is horrid. I am glad the animals will be in no kill sanctuaries but I am not sure that he got a fair deal. We are hearing the most from a group that doesn't have the animals' best being at the heart of their organizations. I have heard part of the story from Mr Maxwell. Let's hear from the vet and other animal medical people he cites and then make a more informed decision. In the meantime, there is no need for this so called animal organizations to be hararassing anyone. It doesn't matter who they are.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 12:34 pm

Dianne D (490)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
Prosecute those that do wrong to animals. We demand strictor laws.

barry Werbowsky (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:16 pm
To think dogs are supposed to be mans best friend. Thank god they are being released.

Frances Darcy (135)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:40 pm

Nan Towle (75)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:02 pm
It is interesting that Mr. Maxwell has written a long, explanation letter, expressing his original mission and what he would like to see happen for these dogs. Often times well meaning people see something that may not look right and say something. Sometimes those things get traction and a life of their own without all sides being heard. Media can sensationalize a story without presenting all the facts. I too heard all the down side of Maxwell and saw pictures of undrinkable water in bowls etc. and was originally thinking, oh no, another rescue gone amiss or reprehensible people in charge. Until this letter. It made me stop and think. Most guilty abusive individuals, do not bother to write these kind of letters and explain their vision or intent. I would like to hear more from the veterinarians, and some outside veterinarians and experienced canine rescue professionals called in to asses what the condition of these dogs are, conditions and so on. I also know good, decent, farm people that treat their animals well and yet they are harassed by certain groups trespassing and sometimes so badly, threats etc., that they are literally forced to close down or stop certain portions of their businesses. That is undue extreme harassment which is criminal as well.
While I am glad that these dogs are going to be given real attention, and hopefully better conditions I would also like to see more of these dogs adopted or at least fostered by alot of the people who instead of using energy for threats, use that energy to help a dog. Whatever the real outcome of this particular situation, I would like to see everyone work together on this, get these dogs in a better situation, and have better laws, with real protections and real consequences so that they are given a better chance at a good life.

Rhonda B (106)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:20 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 3:58 pm

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 5:24 pm
Although I haven't heard about this until this publication I'm not passing judgement. If Best Friends would take the animals in I know they will be treated with love and respect.

Alexandra G (250)
Monday December 16, 2013, 2:10 am
npoted, thanks

Tanya W (65)
Monday December 16, 2013, 3:17 am

Ruth C (87)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:24 am
I agree with Natasha and Dianne.

Ellen m (215)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 9:47 am
I'm very disappointed that Penny choice to print Steves letter, and that it was reprinted by someone who obviously knows nothing of it themselves.

I have friends that were up there just this last weekend, and i have been following and advocating on behalf of these animals for a very long time.

What you see is the only action that has been open letter to his supporters.
No calls to BF's, and no one going in there to feed, water or walk those poor animals for 12-14 hours at a time, and never staying long enough to do a complete job.

If anyone wants to help these animals, start calling all the politicians in corrupt Clallam county...and you might want to contact the COP in Forks, who is as corrupt as the come and in bed with OAS.

This is not over by a long shot...let's hope no more dogs die, and no more activists are arrested for protesting on public property, or physically harmed as the threats by Steve's "supporters" have threatened!!!

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