Every dog is unique. Our story is unfortunately not. We were referred by trusted professionals in the booming dog industry of Seattle, to a Kristina Robinson, DBA: Precious Paws. She even had a doggie daycare storefront! This woman told us her business was above board- licensed, properly permitted for overnight boarding and even assured us that her husband had recently quit his job to help keep her dream business alive. It all felt so right. With good reason we felt when we left out two dogs, Livi and Fang, in the care of Precious Paws to board a plane back east for Holiday that we would not even be missed with all the fun they’d be having. This was not the case at all.
In the dog-sitting world, you cannot judge a book by its cover and must do proper research to ensure your furry family member is being left in responsible hands. We are actively developing a protocol to help every dog owner in the US ask the hard questions designed to protect their animals. Our particular nightmare occurred in the Seattle area but it can happen anywhere, and when it does you can only hope that government does the right thing. They did in Hanover MA as City Council shuttered Briarwood kennel as you can see at my personal website, and we will be searching for other proactive cases as well.
The Jury is still somewhat out in Mountlake Terrace. There is an ongoing criminal investigation but it has been a tireless effort to ensure the City is doing the right thing surrounding our dog’s untimely death. We would not have obtained a necropsy without substantial pressure. We prevailed. When we asked the City Attorney to get an emergency abatement/court order shutting the ILLEGAL facility down he barely acknowledged a clear cut zoning violation that has existed for several years now.
We will not stop asking questions, or going to City Hall, or raising awareness, or honoring our baby’s life. The Animal Control Officer's own email indicated it was going to "get ugly and very messy" in Mountlake Terrace. We don’t view it that way. The future is going to get brighter in Mountlake Terrace because it is going to be ground zero for a National movement to protect our dogs. Stay tuned as we build out http://watchdogfordog.com with a bevvy of resources that the general public and professionals will appreciate.
-Elisa, Chris, and Livi the Wonderdog
Read this excerpt from one of her recent client posts regarding the mauling and killing of our Best Friend.
"Naturally it turned to anger and frustration which it should have I made a choice that yes I'd made it before but this time it ended in not a wound but a death nothing I could do could fix that...."
Christopher King P_________we are hearing a lot of specific concerns as noted. This is really ugly but you know what we ain't the Heavy and don't shoot the messenger. We do what we have to do, dammit. And have no fear of any man nor woman who gets in our way. Especially not on Martin Luther King Day.
Note the crates to keep them in when we were not home. Day care; no overnights offered.
Look at that FACE. Our favorite dog, ever. Elisa in 20+ years and me in 40+ years of knowing and loving dogs. And she died over a goddamn bowl of rice that Kristina's children left out? Query, was dad there? This is just too much bullshit for us to deal with but deal we must.
License Revoked -- Aldermanic Minutes.
The owner of Briarwood Kennel is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty and his license to operate has been suspended after a dog died from injuries it sustained from another dog, while boarding there in July. A hearing on the matter is set for Aug. 15.
Case is ongoing with Hingham District Court Case No. 16-1282 set for criminal pretrial 9:00 am 24 January, 2017.