NEAR BENTON CITY, Wash.—Seven dogs were left behind after police arrested 57-year-old Floyd Koontz.
Koontz was charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Pedro Flores in Sunnyside earlier this month.
Now, the man's neighbor, Sharon Shepard, is taking care of his dogs. For the past two weeks, she has been training them. They now know basic commands.
One man, Brett Bowen, has joined her efforts to help adopt them out. So far, two have found new homes, a family from Canada is adopting one Monday night, and many have shown interest. KNDU is told it is crucial the dogs have a permanent home as soon as possible.
"There are so many dogs in this area that need good homes that could really use our services and rehabilitation. So the faster we can turn these dogs out and get them trained and rehabilitated and into a new family, the sooner we can take on new dogs and do the same for them," says Brett Bowen, Bowen Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation.
Bowen says by June 3rd all of the dogs will be spayed and have their shots. He also says they are asking for donations. Shepard has spent about $500 caring for the dogs in the past two weeks.