A group of dogs, cats and birds were rescued from a home in Lake Stevens this week. A neighbor’s call lead to a routine welfare check of the home where authorities discovered that the 58 year old resident had passed away.
The animals are believed to have been without food or water for 3 days. The deceased man is suspected of operating an illegal puppy mill. Animal Control had received an odor complaint about the residence earlier this year. The owner was not licensed for the number of pets which were found.
One bird was found dead, but the remainder of the animals are now at the Everett Animal Shelter receiving care. Some of the puppies were 6 weeks old. It is expected that some will be available for adoption soon.
Below is the KOMO-4 News story on the rescue