Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Animal abuse

Leader News Staff
Posted 10/2/22

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 310 calls for service between Saturday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 26. Below are selected reports.

At 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Port …

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Animal abuse


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 310 calls for service between Saturday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 26. Below are selected reports.

At 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Port Hadlock, a deputy assisted with the retrieval of a stolen trailer that was found near Mason Street in the vegetation near the old airstrip.

The trailer did not have a license plate and all distinguishing marks had been removed or ground off.

A stolen vehicle was also found on the property.

A partial VIN (vehicle identification number) was noted, and law enforcement was able to determine that the trailer had been stolen in Clallam County.

The owner was contacted, and gave the name of a person who had borrowed the trailer and was believed to have left the trailer where it was found.

The suspect was contacted, but denied knowing anything about the trailer or how it got there.

The owner came and retrieved the trailer.

At 8:41 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Quilcene, a restaurant reported a suspicious woman.

The stranger, described to be in her 20s or 30s, had borrowed an employee’s phone. The employee was now having major problems with the account registered to the phone.

The woman was last seen walking north on US 101.

She was also seen looking into windows.

A deputy responded but did not find evidence that a crime had been committed. The woman was issued a trespassing warning. She left on foot, headed north.

At 10:08 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Quilcene, a caller reported the theft of $1,000 that had happened in the last 30 minutes.

The caller said the money was taken from a booth at the Northwest Herbal Fair. Two women, both in their 60s, were seen leaving the fair in a blue-and-gray sedan and were suspected of the crime.

The caller said the pair was seen leaving and they both looked panicked as a man tried to stop them.

A deputy tried to find the sedan with no success.

Dispatchers received a follow-up call; the money had been found. The caller said it had been packed away in a box accidentally.

At 10:34 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 in Port Ludlow, a person who wanted to remain anonymous reported a case of possible animal abuse.

The caller was concerned for a dog’s welfare; it had been heard howling and moaning, and was seen dragging its back leg. The dog appeared to be in a lot of pain.

An animal control officer met with the dog’s owner, and she invited the officer into her home to meet her dogs.

One canine, the larger one, was lame in a back leg. A small dog had an obvious flea infestation.

The dog owner became unhappy with the officer’s visit. She denied her small dog had fleas.

When she held up the dog to show it did not have any fleas, the officer pointed out eight fleas in one area on the dog. The dog was also losing fur from the tail area, another indication of a flea infestation.

On the big dog, the officer could feel almost every bone on its body and it was clearly in pain when it walked around or would lay down.

The woman said she would take her dog to see a veterinarian that day, and the animal control officer offered to work with her to make sure the animals got the necessary care. 

The officer asked the woman to provide paperwork from the vet and advised her that she could be looking at a charge of first-degree animal cruelty.

The woman was very angry that the officer had not called her to talk about her dogs instead of coming by.