More than 150 animals seized from Olalla residence

The Kitsap Humane Society supervised the seizure and removal of more than 150 animals from an Olalla residence on SE 160th Street on Thursday.

The animals on the property included rabbits, birds, goats, horses, sheep, llamas, dogs and cats, according to a news release sent out Thursday morning.

Abby Ouimet, director of public relations and development for the Humane Society, said a citizen notified authorities recently with concerns about the condition of the animals on the property and whether they were receiving proper care, feeding and shelter.

Animal rescue officers made multiple visits to the property over the last couple weeks and advised the owner what needed to be done to provide adequate care for the animals, Ouimet said. The conditions the officers found included insufficient food and lack of water and shelter for the animals, and many animals tethered or chained up.

But the property owner "failed to comply with our recommendations for quality of care" after being given several opportunities, Ouimet said, and that prompted the seizure and removal of the animals.

She said all the animals will be transported to the Humane Society shelter in Silverdale, and the organization is working with its network of foster homes and other animal rescue groups to find proper homes for the animals.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office and other local government agencies, including Pierce County Animal Control, assisted in Thursday's operation.


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