PETITION TARGET: Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mary Robnett
UPDATE (3/25/2022): Elmer Givens has been charged with one count of animal fighting and 58 counts of animal cruelty in the first degree — both felonies — and 16 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree, according to court records. His posted bail is $150,000, and conditions of release include that “he shall not possess, board, breed, or promote breeding of any dogs,” and also that he is “not to use any social media, website or any other source for the promotion or breeding of dogs”. The next scheduled hearing is in April, with a trial possible in summer, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shot with pellet guns and riddled with health issues, 36 defenseless dogs suffered cruel conditions, including 15 puppies under 12 weeks old, according to investigators.
The illegal kennel operation in Pierce County, Wash. appeared to breed and sell the animals.
Police seized the dogs, infested with parasites and scarred all over their bodies. They searched the property on a tip, which included drone footage of the abuse.
The dogs’ supposed caretaker has yet to be charged.
In 2019, the property owner was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and fighting, reported KIRO-7. The case remains under review by prosecutors.
Before more puppies are harmed or killed, we must shut down this illegal kennel operation for good.
Sign this petition urging Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mary Robnett to finally prosecute the property owner to the fullest extent of the law, including a lifelong ban on having animals in his care, as well as the Pierce County Sherrif’s Office to charge the property owner for his new crimes.