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Video of dogs fighting prompts cruelty investigation in Edmonds

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM

A video posted online that quickly went viral has prompted an animal cruelty investigation.

The video showed several dogs appearing to gang up on one dog and viciously attacking it.

[Watch video - WARNING - graphic]

Edmonds Police and Animal Control units served a search warrant on a home in the 23600 block of 76th Ave W Edmonds as part of the investigation into alleged animal cruelty at the residence. 

Edmonds Police detectives, patrol officers and animal control officers searched and found 14 dogs in and around the residence.  Initial investigation by the animal control officers showed that only 5 dogs were properly licensed. 

A 44 year old woman was taken into custody at the residence for having more than five dogs.   City of Edmonds ordinance prohibits more than five domestic animals, which is a misdemeanor.  The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail under this charge.

All 14 dogs were impounded until the five that are properly licensed can be identified.  Police say two of the dogs -  including the one seen in the video - were taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.  The dog seen in the video suffered from numerous dog bites and the second dog had an injured leg.  

The impounded dogs will be kept at a local kennel until the investigation is completed.