25 animals seized from Wash. 'rescue shelter'

25 animals seized from Wash. 'rescue shelter'

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by Pat Dooris, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:57 PM

WOODLAND, Wash. --  An animal control officer helped move 25 dogs and cats from an unlicensed rescue shelter in the City of Woodland Tuesday.

Debra Lawson Bean is being evicted from the building she rented near the beginning of the summer. She admits she’s at least six weeks behind on rent but argues that the sewage system for the building is not working properly.

A representative of the landlord said Lawson was never supposed to have so many animals in the building. She was supposed to move out last Sunday but said she’s still cleaning up the place.

Cowlitz County animal control supervisor Mike Nicholson said Lawson’s “Angel Wings Rescue” shelter had neither a county kennel permit, nor a city business license. She was cited for each violation.

Earlier, Lawson-Bean asked KGW for help finding a place to move her animals.

“I just desperately need a place for these animals. If it could be in Woodland, that would be amazing because the community has been incredible,” she said.

After issuing Lawson-Bean the tickets, officers helped move her animals to her ex-husband’s property so she could begin cleaning up the shelter and move out.

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