60+ Animals Rescued from Kennewick HomePosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash.--A cry for help. Today, Kennewick police and Tri-City Animal Control officials rescued more than 60 animals from this home at 4525 West 9th street in Kennewick. Once inside, authorities found both dead and malnourished animals.
"It's not a very healthy situation," says Tri-City Animal Control Officer Angela Zilar. It's very unsanitary. There's garbage and stuff polluting the yards."
38-year-old Homeowner Brandy Leighter operated Columbia Basin Animal Rescue, formerly on Columbia Drive in Kennewick. After running out of funding for her non-profit, she moved the operation to her home. Neighbors say it was pretty evident.
"There would be one or two dogs, at least, one of two dogs running around the neighborhood and we'd figured it would be coming from them, but the barking at night was the worst," says Jill Phillips.
For some, excessive barking wasn't a big deal. Unaware if or how these animals were being cared for was the biggest concern.
"The barking didn't necessarily bother me, but just knowing that the animals weren't being taken care of," says Betty Goude. We had lots of cats in our area that we never had before>
And those animals are now under the care of Tri-City Animal Control. With extremely poor living conditions on the property, it's unclear how many animals will survive or need to be euthanized. According to Animal Control officer, Angela Zilar, Leighter had good intentions.
"She had the right idea, she wanted to do the right thing, but she got way in over her head," according to Zilar.