36 Dogs And Puppies Seized From Same Home Where Dozens Of Dogs Were Previously Seized From Suspected Dog-Fighter

Published: April 22, 2021 at 08:32 AM Author: Penny Eims

Dozens of dogs and puppies were seized this week from the same Pierce County, Washington, home where nearly 50 dogs were seized in December 2019 from a suspected dog fighter. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office announced that 36 dogs and puppies were removed this week because of suspected dog abuse. In a release, the authorities state:

The warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into reports of animal cruelty and an illegal kennel operation on the property; per Pierce County Code the property owner is restricted from possessing more than five dogs unless he obtains a kennel license.

The owner, identified as Elmer James Givens Jr., has 15 days to petition the court to regain custody of the dogs. Please sign the petition to ask for Givens to be denied his right to reclaim the dogs AND face charges!

Elmer Givens Jr. petitioned the court to get his dogs back after the first seizure, but Judge Jeanette Lineberry denied his request. Though Givens has denied the dog-fighting allegations, the authorities have stated that the conditions at his residence in Midland point to dog-fighting activity. After the 2019 seizure, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department stated that dozens of dogs were found locked in crates with their own waste in a garage, and investigators found materials related to dogfighting and breeding.

The authorities have outlined what led to the most recent seizure, stating:

Earlier this week our investigators received a tip that a large number of dogs were being kept on the same property and made allegations that the property owner was shooting the dogs with a pellet gun. The tip contained footage of the property, dogs, and the alleged abuse. Our investigators interviewed witnesses, collected the video evidence, and obtained a search warrant for the property.

Upwards of 90 dogs and puppies have been seized from this man’s residence in less than a year. The investigation from the first situation has not even been concluded!

Please add your name to this petition today – the court needs to know that we care about this case and want to see Givens denied his bid to reclaim the dogs! The courts must also issue a mandate that Givens can never own dogs again! Additionally, based on the investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, this man deserves to face animal cruelty and/or dog-fighting charges. Please take action right now to stop this man from continuing to abuse and exploit dogs!

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Update: 4/19/21: Animal Victory has sent 19,723 signatures and comments to Prosecutor Patrick Vincent today.  Animal Victory has sent signage below to protesters attending the court.

Update 3/31/2021: Animal Victory has learned that 23 of the dogs involved in this cruelty case are now being made available for adoption through the Humane Society – Tacoma/Pierce County. We have also learned that a Pierce County judge has banned Givens from using social media, websites, or other sources to promote dog breeding. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has stated that any current social media posts or websites of Givens promoting breeding are to be taken down immediately. Animal Victory has learned that another court date is scheduled for 7/20/2021. Animal Victory has sent 18,000 signatures along with our letter of intent to Lead Prosecutor Patrick Vincent. Read our letter here.

Update 3/5/2021: The arraignment took place on 3/4/21, and the suspect pleaded not guilty; he is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. The next scheduled court dates are 3/30 and 4/22 for the omnibus hearing and jury trial. Animal Victory has been informed that the lead prosecutor is J. Patrick Vincent.

Update 3/4/2021: This week, the authorities seized ANOTHER 23 dogs from Elmer Givens Jr.’s home! A total of 107 dogs/puppies have been seized from this man’s home since 2019. Prosecutors have filed 75 animal cruelty-related charges against this man.  According to the probable cause statement, Givens remains defiant, saying,  “I’m not afraid of jail. I’ve been to jail, and as long as you ain’t charged me and convicted me, I’m gonna do whatever I want.” Please add your name to the petition if you haven’t yet.

Update 11/12/2020: The puppies seized from Givens are currently available for adoption through the Humane Society for Tacoma Pierce County. Givens did not get them back! We will continue to push for him to face charges, and to be prohibited from owning pets in the future.

Update October 27, 2020: Read our letter to Prosecuting Attorney Robnett here

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36 Dogs And Puppies Seized From Same Home Where Dozens Of Dogs Were Previously Seized From Suspected Dog-Fighter

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PETITION SIGNATURES:
54Anonymous Sep 19, 2021
53 Teri Paszotta We need tougher laws, more judges with balls to hand down stiffer sentences & justice to those affected by sick abusers of animals in our communities. It's going on in your city and those that prey on the most vulnerable are WEAK COWARDS & THE LOWEST, POOREST EXCUSE OF BEINGS WALKING THIS EARTH! Sep 17, 2021
52 Ann Freeman Sep 15, 2021
51 sherry mainquist These poor dogs, Do not allow him to have any dogs back or ever!!! Sep 14, 2021
50 KONSTANTINOS STAMOS Sep 14, 2021
49 Debbie Westerkamm Sep 14, 2021
48 helgard böhme Sep 13, 2021
47 astrid suchanek Sep 13, 2021
46 mae young Sep 12, 2021
45 Kennedy Roop Sep 12, 2021
44 Sophie Emlek Sep 09, 2021
43 Dodie Harrison Sep 08, 2021
42 Tammy Bradford Sep 08, 2021
41 Sylvie MALLEVAL Sep 08, 2021
40 Ilana Karapetyan Sep 08, 2021
39 Karen Baka Sep 08, 2021
38 Jan Anderson Sep 08, 2021
37 Giustina Damiano Sep 07, 2021
36 Kelly Lagace Sep 03, 2021
35 H Lepage Put that arsehole behind bars Sep 03, 2021
34 Brenda Hammond Sep 03, 2021
33 Joan Steelhammer Sep 03, 2021
32Anonymous Sep 02, 2021
31 Jacky Tampalini Sep 02, 2021
30 Mary Jo Johnson Sep 01, 2021
29 Heather Lackus Aug 31, 2021
28Anonymous Aug 30, 2021
27 Colette Winslow Aug 29, 2021
26 Cecilia Lalinde Aug 29, 2021
25 lara balser Aug 29, 2021

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