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Pets of West Richland Murder Victims Need A Home

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West Richland, WASH. - A double murder in West Richland not only has a 16 year old boy facing homicide charges, and 15-year-old boy accused of covering up the deaths of his mother and sister, but several puppies and cats no longer have a home.

For the past few weeks several perienese puppies have been living on their own.  Only a week ago they were taken into a Pet Over Population Prevention foster home.         

They were the family pets of 41-year-old Ellen Schalchlin.  She and her 13-year-old daughter Elizabeth were stabbed to death at their home in West Richland on December 19th.  The pets didn't have anywhere to go.   

P.O.P.P. took them in hoping a few families would come forward and give them a new home.    But so far only one family has volunteered to take in one of the dogs. 

"Their needs are really simple. They just need someone to love them. And our program, as far as our program goes, we just need people that are willing to step up and help," said Molli Van Dorn, Pet Over Population Prevention.

Van Dorn also said they're very loving, but they haven't been well fed, they're starved for attention, and they need someone to teach them obedience training.      

If you'd like to take in these pets, or others left behind from the murders, call or visit Pet Over Population Prevention.  Their phone number is 943-4722.  They're open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 524 B Railroad Street in Richland, next to Atomic Bowl.  

P.O.P.P. estimates if they have as little as 10 families volunteer to become foster parents, they can find the pets a permanent home.