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Animal Cruelty Raps on Dog Show Judge


Oddly enough, a tenured dog show just was recently charged with animal cruelty, something which comes as unexpected, even a shocker.

A judge for the American Kennel Club, 69 year old Margaret Hamilton was prosecuted with the charge due to keeping around one hundred dogs in poor living conditions. Officials from King County received an anonymous tip regarding how Hamilton kept dogs in horrific conditions, with the tip reported to have come from the Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal shelter based in Sultan, Washington.
Based on reports, representatives from animal rescue groups and officials managed to gain access to a home based in Burien, and managed to take visual record footage of the homing conditions of the dogs, described as “deplorable”.

Cramped and crowded, the state of the dog’s homing is described as cramped and unkempt, with cages put on top each other, with un-cleaned empty dish trays and water bowls.

The Burien house has been determined to be that of a Theodore Stober, a landlord renting the house’s basement to Hamilton. Based on reports, the Hamiltons were utilizing the space as a shelter/kennel for their dogs, with most of them being top show dogs in the past.

A bulk of the dogs rescued were Chihuahuas, with 38 dogs found to have hair matted with feces. Medical afflictions were also noted to be in a number of the dogs, including cases of dogs with decomposing jaw bones.

Out of those found, thirteen of them had to be euthanized because of compounded health problems.

It is one thing to love dogs, but to have close to a hundred of them, and not being in the capacity to properly take care of them says something about the importance of being realistic, and truly concerned with a dog’s overall well being.

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