Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After 5 Dogs Found Living In “Unsanitary” Federal Way Trailer
A woman has been charged with animal cruelty after several neglected dogs were found alive in an unsanitary Federal Way trailer last month.
Joshilynn Wolff, 27, from Renton, was charged with three counts of first degree animal cruelty and one count of second degree animal cruelty in King County Superior Court on October 7.
His arraignment is scheduled for October 21 at 9 a.m. at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
At approximately 4:40 p.m. on September 17, Federal Track Police and an animal control officer responded to the 1100 block of S. 306th Street for reports of a dispute between three German Shepherds, according to the documents. accusation. Callers to 911 said the large dogs were off leash and appeared to be malnourished.
When they managed to capture the dogs, the first dog – an 8-year-old female named Luka – was “so thin. [the officer] could feel every bone in and on the dog’s body, ”and the dog cried in pain when he was lifted into the animal control truck, the documents said. The second dog – a 5-year-old male named Phoenix – was also extremely thin and had feces on his fur coat, according to the documents.
Witnesses said a man, who was later determined to be Wolff’s boyfriend, was chasing dogs down the street. The first dog, Luka, was seen drinking from a puddle until it was empty, then continued to drink from another nearby puddle.
Another witness offered a second dog a bowl of water which he refilled three times. Both cases indicate that the dogs were “deprived of water for an unreasonably prolonged period,” the documents say.
Both dogs were transported to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, where vets said they were in poor health due to neglect and malnutrition, prosecution documents show.
The next day, Phoenix suffered a seizure and reacted very little due to the owner’s neglect and starvation, a Tacoma Humane Society veterinarian told police.
Officers identified Wolff as the owner of the dogs living in a small trailer along South 11th Avenue and attempted to examine the third dog, but Wolff reportedly refused.
A woman who frequently walks around the trailer’s surroundings told police she had heard dogs crying inside the trailer or pawing at the trailer from inside since June, along with a “smell. foul-smelling ”urine and feces from the trailer.
Police issued a search warrant for the trailer on September 22 and found three other dogs in Wolff’s custody, two of which were in “poor health,” according to the documents.
A puppy and a 2-year-old female, both German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, were rescued from the trailer. The puppy, named Cinder, had deformed paws presumably because he was confined in a small crate, according to the documents. She was underweight with muscle wasting and erosion of her tooth enamel. The 2-year-old dog, Athena, was underweight and had a mild fever, among other ailments.
A one-year-old French Bulldog named Kalypso was the healthiest of the five dogs with a yeast infection in both ears and a mild infection of the teeth.
The five dogs were found to be malnourished, dehydrated and acted fearfully upon arriving at the shelter, the Mirror previously reported.
Inside the trailer, police found “unsuitable living conditions for dogs” including strong odor of feces, bedding with fecal matter and urine pooled in a dog crate , indicating the status of the document.
Wolff also has a pending second-degree animal cruelty charge for nine emaciated dogs taken from her and her boyfriend’s vehicle in February 2020. She was also previously investigated for animal cruelty for abandoning at least 10 puppies in 2015. That same year, Federal Way Police investigated Wolff for allegedly leaving a Rottweiler and her two puppies in a crate in the pouring rain, prosecution documents show.
To donate to the Humane Society and support the recovery of rescued dogs, visit the shelter’s website at www.thehumanesociety.org/five-neglected-dogs/.