- Washington, USA -
Before you read this story keep in mind that animal abusers are toxic and toxic people do NOT change, they only change their victims!
On Wednesday, March 3, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old ELMER JAMES GIVENS JR. (pictured below).
KOMO NEWS reports that according to Sgt. Darren Moss, deputies were at GIVENS JR.’s property in the 9000 block of Portland Avenue E. to serve a warrant for GIVENS JR. “after prosecutors filed 75 animal cruelty-related charges Tuesday stemming from two previous visits and dog seizures at the home over the past two years.”
While they were there, deputies discovered twenty-three dogs who were then removed.
Authorities said one of the furbabies is receiving emergency medical treatment.
The other 22 furbabies were taken by animal control.
GIVENS JR. was booked into the Pierce County Jail and online records show he is still in custody at time of writing.
He is facing charges for animal fighting animal cruelty first-degree and animal cruelty second-degree.
GIVENS JR. is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday, March 4, 2021.
As reported by KOMO NEWS, on November 14, 2019, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded to GIVENS JR. ‘s property to investigate a report about six Pitbulls who appeared to be starved and cold.
At the time, prosecutors said that deputies determined several Pitbulls were underweight and at least four had scarring and other signs consistent with dogfighting.
When deputies went back to GIVENS JR.’s residence in December 2019, to serve a search warrant, they discovered forty-eight more dogs.
There weren’t just adult dogs in the property.
Deputies found puppies in poor to very poor condition.
Many of them were locked in crates in a garage with no lighting or ventilation and covered in urine and feces.
Others were housed in outdoor wire kennels or chained to the driveway.
The search also led to the discovery of several items indicating a breeding program and dog fighting.
On that occasion all forty-eight dogs were also removed by animal control.
At the time, GIVENS JR. was arrested and was told he was not allowed to keep more than five dogs on his property.
But GIVENS JR. did not comply.
In fact, prosecutors say that in October 2020, one of GIVENS JR.’s neighbors saw a Facebook post about a woman dropping off a dog at GIVENS’s JR.’s home and his suspicions led him to go to the house where he found several dogs in kennels and two chained to the ground.
Two days later, the neighbor went back with a drone.
It emerged that several other dogs were being kept in cages outside and GIVENS JR. was shooting pellet guns at the kennels and chicken coops.
Prosecutors said at least one dog was hit.
The neighbor also recorded the condition the poor animals were living in and finally presented all the facts and evidence to the police.
As a result, a search warrant was executed at GIVENS JR.’s property.
According to prosecutors, dozens of dogs were discovered to be in various states of disarray.
There was evidence of breeding and animal fighting.
All thirty-six dogs were removed from the property.
Although GIVENS JR. was arrested, he was unable to be booked into the Pierce County Jail due to the damn COVID-19 restrictions.
One of the alarming aspects of this case is that since 2019, 107 INNOCENT dogs have been seized from GIVENS JR.’s property.
I came across a petition addressed to the Pierce County Sheriff's office & Pierce County Prosecutors office, Washington State asking to punish ELMER JAMES GIVENS JR. to the full extent of the law.
When I signed it, more than 48,500 signatures had already been collected!
Please, keep in mind the judges who have presided over GIVENS JR.’s cases over the years have allowed him to keep changing his victims!
Let this waste of life rot in jail already!!!
Freedom is too precious to be enjoyed by those who hurt and kill animals!
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