KENNEWICK, Wash-- A week after a woman was arrested for animal cruelty, the dogs are still there. And there is no indication they're going anywhere any time soon.
Ella Stewart was arrested for second degree animal cruelty last week. Her kennewick home has close to 300 Eskimo dogs living in what county officials call 'deplorable' conditions.
KNDU has spoken with Stewart, and she insists she's done nothing wrong. In fact as of right now, the number of dogs isn't breaking any law.
Health leaders, the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Commissioner Jim Beaver met at one o'clock Thursday to answer the question on so many minds: what now?
Lieutenant Clay Vannoy of the Benton County Sheriff's Office tells KNDU the group met for about an hour to go over any possibilities. As for what those possibilities are, that remains a question. KNDU asked if Pet Overpopulation or the Pasco Animal Shelter has volunteered to take some of the animals. All he would say is a number of agencies have reached out.
For now the dogs are being kenneled at the home on 27th Avenue, and officials say their first goal is to make sure the animals are tended to and similar events don't repeat themselves.