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Alleged abuser gets dogs back
"Fortune was with an Erland's Point woman charged Friday, Feb. 9 with second-degree animal cruelty for keeping her pets and livestock in unhealthy living conditions.Happy Trails dog grooming owner Cherylin Wilson pleaded guilty to one charge, then requested the return of some of her dogs, who were pregnant and needed special medical attention.And Judge Marilyn Paja granted her request, after setting bond at $100,000.That's $24,000 less than the Kitsap Humane Society's estimated cost to care for the 260 animals, the $124,000 bond Deputy County Prosecutor Jeff Jahns had asked for.Wilson's attorney, Steve Tyner of Bremerton, said two of the toy animals, a poodle and Pomeranian, possibly could need Caesarean sections to deliver their pups, and needed to be under 24-hour watch.The puppies of another poodle, Filly, also needed their tails docked immediately, Tyner noted.He said they were told the KHS's care was lackadaisical, and Wilson was worried that there was not constant supervision of the animals in case they went into labor.The dogs Wilson requested were Filly and her four pups; the pregnant Pomeranian, Teddy Bear; a pregnant beagle, Abby; and some others, including a show dog that were not pregnant.She didn't ask for the Bernese Mountain dog, the 23 pygmy goats, 130 rabbits, 30 guinea pigs, two horses, lots of chickens and other animals being housed at KHS after they were seized earlier this month by animal control officers.The officers didn't know how many or what kinds of animals were on the property when they answered a complaint about Happy Trails. The officers said they saw an excessive amount of feces in kennels and animals filthy from being in it.Wilson has until Feb. 17 to prove to the court she can take care of the animals, or they'll be forfeited.Jahn fought release of the animals before Wilson could demonstrate compliance for their care.The ... animals were living in completely squalorous conditions. It's cleaned up now but ... there's just (Wilson and her husband, who declined to give his name) to take care of the animals, Jahns said.Without any kind of show (of competency to care for them) it seems way too premature, Jahns said.Tyner said Wilson admitted she had too many animals, but she was sick for a two-week period and the feces built up.But if you read the reports, all the animals are in good condition, he pointed out.The animals were neglected. They're in good condition now because of the Humane Society's care, Jahns said.Tyner said some of Wilson's friends volunteered to help her husband, and a son and daughter, to care for the animals.Paja set the bond and a pretrial conference for 3 p.m. Feb. 16. She also signed a release for the four adult dogs, and four puppies who needed their tails docked.If these animals' tails are not docked (by the hearing date,) it'll be the assumption of the court that we've been misinformed and we will prosecute. It's the only reason the animals are being returned today, Paja said.The number of animals is changing daily, according to Jahns. Animal Control Officer Rance McIntyre said, All I know is we have goats expecting any day. "