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Accused killer's dogs need help

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --   Sharon Shepard is an animal lover, and that's why she's been coming to a trailer outside of Benton City four times a day to feed seven dogs since Sunday.

The five adult dogs and two puppies  belong to Floyd Koontz who was arrested on Sunday.  He is facing first degree murder charges after police  say he stabbed 61 Pedro Flores.

Shepard says the adult dogs stay locked up in a trailer all day long. "It breaks my heart to see dogs treated like this.  These dogs were abused  while this guy owned them.   now they stay in that trailer and starve or I come down and take care of them," says Shepard.

Shepard says she's been trying to get  Benton County Animal Control to pick up the dogs, but they can't because they still belong to Koontz.

Animal Control manager Larry Taylor says, she needs to get a legal release from Koontz or his attorney.

"We can't arbitrarily go into somebody's house, take their property and then go sell it. Obviously because it's not ours, it is his.  He's allegedly committed this murder, but he hasn't even been arraigned yet," explains Taylor.

Instead Koontz's brother is going to pick up the animals.  Shepard does not want that to happen and asked Animal Control to get involved.

"They have told me that they will pick up his dogs and will keep maybe one or two, but they will take the rest out and shoot them," says Shepard.

Taylor says, he can't do anything unless Shepard gets that signature.   "If Floyd wants to take his property, the dogs, his clothes, his other personal belongings over to his brother then Floyd has got the legal right to do that.  If his brother injures, tortures, kills these dogs,  Then Floyd's brother can face the courts and explain why he's being charged with animal cruelty," says the former Benton County Sheriff.

In  the meantime, Shepard says she is trying to get a legal release from Floyd but does need some help adopting out the dogs and feeding them.

If you are interested in helping, you can call Sharon Shepard at 425-864-3133