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I have been following protests going on in Washington involving an animal sanctuary called Olympic Animal Sanctuary in the City of Forks. On their website, the Sanctuary says, "The Olympic Animal Sanctuary takes care of dogs that have been turned down

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LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 9:33 pm
Thank you, this place needs all the attention it can get until it is closed and the animals are safe!!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:00 am

Natasha Salgado (672)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 7:05 am
I'm finding this story more confusing with each day. Thx Kelly

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:06 pm

Elaine Al Meqdad (271)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:14 pm

Donna G. (41)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:22 pm
I have heard of the Olympic Animal Shelter. However, it is too far from where I live to just drop in for a visit. I think Markwell had good intentions when he first set up the shelter. But, when so many people want to get rid of dogs that they deem untrainable, what does it say about them? I believe that if the right people adopt the right dogs, then no dog should end up in a shelter. If Markwell had limited himself to not more than 3 or 4 dogs at any one time, we would not be hearing such horrid things about Olympic Animal Sanctuary.

Gabriela V. (172)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:42 pm

krysta Ice (24)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:46 pm
It's all too easy to get overwhelmed when trying to care for homeless animals for which there is no shortage. Too few people are willing to make the time and effort.

Erika M. (202)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 12:50 pm
I think I saw something about this place on the national news some time back. This is heartbreaking. Can't the national Humane Society step in?

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:00 pm
Whatever reasons, excuses, justification Maxwell and the city MUST DO SOMETHING FOR THE DOGS NOW! I will call, email and write to each person involved in this cruel and criminal neglect by the city! Yes, it is CRIMINAL NEGLECT BY THOSE IN POWER! Hope when some of these city politicos come up for votes, people will remember what they have allowed to happen on their watch. Wonder how the social services branch is being run? Nothing good I fear. These goverment "officials" do dit squat until the "shit hits the fan". It is about these poor animals, where is PETA? The ASPCA et al?

norma laborie (33)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:21 pm
so sad!

Roger Garin-michaud (139)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:23 pm
noted, thanks

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:38 pm

dee j. (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:56 pm
noted. the dogs are now in good hands - the Guardians of Rescue.. this is the lasted update, and I think you all will be please, if you would like more information please visit the Guardian facebook page
Ok Folks, Christmas night and we need your help. The Guardians are working through the holiday to help the OAS dogs get settled and comfortable. Your donation can help sponsor a dog. We need to work fast. We have spent over $5,000 since yesterday but will need a lot more to maintain and vet all the dogs. Help these dogs get their Christmas wishes!"

Birgit W. (155)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 2:01 pm
Horrific and depressing. Those dogs need all the help they can get.

John B. (194)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 2:04 pm
Thanks Kelly for the link and update. Read and noted.

Linda P. (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:17 pm
This is beyond words, something needs to be done to help these precious lives now. Heartbreaking, they should not have to live in these conditions.

Kamia T. (90)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:24 pm
I understand wanting to help rescue more dogs. There are over 205 animals at the local no-kill shelter where I volunteer. So far I've brought home 5 of them over the years, but no more, because I expect them to be able to receive my love, attention, quality food, whatever they need -- Big doggy bones tonight for their Christmas LOL! I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around someone rationalizing that sticking dogs in miniscule crates is a "rescue" or humane. Nope -- something not right here.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:54 pm
The last info I read on this was about Guardians for Rescue coming in and removing them to a remote location in Arizona. From the photos I would say the man was overwhelmed. Maybe his heart initially was in the right place but then it went south. I just hope the rescue has been a success.

Barbara V. (51)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:55 pm
So why isn't the "local agencies" doing their job? Why is a place like this getting by with the horror going on there? Why hasn't it been reported before? Whoever is in charge of these local agencies should get the book thrown at them and get these animals out of there. Living in filthy conditions like that is as tragic as a Nazi concentration camp; there's no difference. Anyone who would willingly do this to any animal needs to have it down to them. If the dogs are vicious, it's humans who made them that way, and living in their present circumstances isn't conducive to their being adoptable. This is so typical of humans getting by with horrors untold and nothing is done about it. May they get theirs in the end and know the reason why.

Barbara V. (51)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:01 pm
While I sympathize with the dogs when I wrote that post, my heart actually goes out to the cats, which nobody mentioned. I just hope they're all right and out of there if the dogs are. .

janet f. (29)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:21 pm
I'm hoping the next update includes a petition to make sure everyone associated with this place is given the maximum amount of jail time allowed by law.

linda b. (186)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:29 pm
There's absolutley no excuse whatsoever for this neglect, heart wrenching God help them. Thanks Kelly.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:31 pm
An urgent solution must be found !!! So sadly noted, Kelly.

Isabelle J. (87)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:31 pm
Very sad !

Winn Adams (218)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:43 pm
This place needs help and these dogs need to go to rescue organizations that can responsibly help them.

Petra M. (261)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:56 pm

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 8:36 pm
Dear Past Member, thank you so much for the update! Will gladly make a donation to guardians of rescue. About damn time some group did the right thing for these poor animals. Still think maxwell and the city should be held accountable legally and financially. The poor animals are not only going to require enourmous medical care, but rehabilitation and loving forever homes. Folks please, please spay and neuter your pets and do not get any pet without complete commitment to them! Pets are loving, accepting companions, not disposable toys!

Brigitta MacMillan (10)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 10:14 pm
I agree with Barbara V.: "While I sympathize with the dogs when I wrote that post, my heart actually goes out to the cats, which nobody mentioned. I just hope they're all right and out of there if the dogs are."

Dianne D. (477)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 10:52 pm
This looks like a third world country. There is no excuse for this. To stop this type of thing we need to go after the root of the problem and that those that breed or let their animals breed. These are the people who are to blame for this. Make them have breeders licenses and have to take back all the animals they produce like the shelters have to. You can see into the soul of a person by the way they treat an animal.

Robert O. (12)
Friday December 27, 2013, 12:48 am
So horrific and sad.

Julia R. (295)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:51 am
Absolutely horrific! I just can't believe what this man is getting away with and how many dogs are living a life of hell there and dogs who have died and are dying probably every day there due to such abuse and negligence! And the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington saying they can do nothing to close this facility down and bring charges against this owner? I always thought that state laws superceded local laws especially when local laws aren't being enforced?! What is wrong with the Mayor and city council of this town that they aren't taking action against this Steve Markwell! It sounds like the Mayor isn't doing his job or there's a connection between him and Markwell that needs to be investigated especially as he keeps defending this man who is committing horrible animal cruelty every day! I hope that these dogs are rescued and then I hope that there is a thorough investigation of the mayor and the city council (as something is foul in the City of Forks) and that these people are replaced by others who will at least enforce the law and won't turn a blind eye to terrible animal cruelty!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 3:46 am

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday December 27, 2013, 7:00 am
Very depressing :/ Ty for posting, dear Kelly.

Ruth C. (264)
Friday December 27, 2013, 7:25 am
I agree with both Kamia T and Dianne D.

Latonya W. (82)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thanks...this is disgusting ...humans are the worst and Im so ashamed of them....Pray hese animals are rescued before more dies...this is why I dont believe in sanctuaries If I can not see things when I want I can not support it...

Penelope Pratchett (0)
Monday December 30, 2013, 5:10 am
Steve Markwell is not a monster or a bad man, he was not keeping animals in "concentration camp" conditions. He was looking after them as best he could with the amount of money that he had. He did get overwhelmed, yes, but he was looking for help. The animals that he took in would have been killed otherwise - there was no one else who stood up to take them in at the time. Are you all saying that these animals should all have been killed originally? Where were other people when those animals were in need? He has admitted that he took on too many animals, but he did his best for them, and he is doing his best for them now with Guardians of Rescue. He has had to deal with threats against him and his mother from people who purpotedly care about animals. Caring people don't make threats.....
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