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23 dogs in animal cruelty investigation ready for adoption in Tacoma

Twenty-three dogs that were seized in an animal cruelty investigation in Pierce County are ready to find their forever homes.

TACOMA, Wash. — Dogs seized this month in an animal cruelty investigation in Tacoma are now up for adoption.

The 23 dogs were seized from Elmer Givens Jr.’s property March 3. Givens was charged with 75 counts of animal cruelty-related charges stemming from two previous search warrants where dozens of animals were seized from Givens’ property.

The dogs, which range from seven weeks to five years old, have been spayed or neutered and received additional medical care, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff's office announced the adoption openings Wednesday.

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, which is handling the adoptions, told the sheriff’s office the dogs were sociable, friendly and loving while at the shelter.

Credit: Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Twenty-three dogs that were seized in March 2021 as part of an animal cruelty investigation are now up for adoption.

To adopt one of the dogs, fill out an application with the Humane Society and have all household members over 18 fill out a background check authorization form. Documents can be emailed to adoptions@thehumanesociety.org.

Authorities removed 84 dogs from Givens’ property in previous animal cruelty cases, bringing the total to 107 dogs. Those 84 dogs have since been placed in new homes.

Givens had previously been accused of running a dog-fighting ring in December 2019. Dozens more dogs were removed from his property in October 2020 over suspicions of animal cruelty.

Emily Mattison, with the Humane Society Tacoma and Pierce County, said, “The adoption process for these dogs is different because of how high profile the case is, so we have a special way those adoptions are being channeled into the shelter and into the adoption process."

Mattison continued, “We definitely have to be more cautious with high-profile cases. We do have quite a bit of interest, particularly in the puppies, not so much in the adult dogs from the case.”

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