We talked to Attorney Richmond in this case where his clients were cited under (Washington) RCW16.52.085, Remedy for Animals Care/Negligence. The owners were not given notice nor due process properly and the animals appear to have been seized, altered or adopted out. Clients used livestock as partial food stock.
PORT ORCHARD — Tensions ran high during the first court appearance Tuesday of an Olalla couple charged with animal cruelty.
In a 45-minute appearance that included 12 supporters, Simon and Rosalind Bailey pleaded not guilty to second-degree animal cruelty charges. Presiding Judge Jeffrey Jahns also placed a temporary order to stop any further adoption, alteration or anything else that could devalue the animals while in the care of the Kitsap County Humane Society, the agency that alleges the Baileys neglected their animals. For the animals that have already been adopted or damaged, there will be monetary compensation, according to the couple’s attorney, Paul Richmond. The Baileys return to Kitsap County District Court on Jan. 11 and the pretrial starts Feb. 7.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Richmond argued the animal seizure performed by Humane Society staff in early November violated state law because they did not provide the Baileys with proper paperwork about why their animals were being removed and what legal options they had to recover the animals.