Federal Way police rescue five malnourished dogs living in squalid conditions

Updated: Oct 9

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UPDATE: October 9, 2021


Charges have been filed in the case of five dogs rescued by a Federal Way Police Department Animal Control officer last month. The furbabies were living in filthy conditions.


On October 7, in King County Superior Court, the dogs’ guardian, 27-years-old JOSHILYNN WOLFF, of Renton, was charged with three counts of first-degree animal cruelty and one count of second-degree animal cruelty.


WOLFF’s arraignment is scheduled to take place at the Maleng Regional Justice Center on the morning of October 21, 2021.


New information about the rescued dogs was disclosed by Federal Way Mirror and Veterinarian Daily News.


Federal Way Mirror reports that a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix puppy named Cinder, had deformed paws likely due to being confined in a small crate. She was significantly underweight with muscle wastage, and enamel erosion on her teeth.


A female 2-year-old German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix named Athena, was underweight and had a slight fever, among other ailments.


A 1-year-old French Bulldog named Kalypso had a yeast infection in both ears and a mild teeth infection.


Veterinarian Daily News reports that an 8-year-old female German Shepherd named Luka was extremely thin and cried in pain as she was placed into the animal inspection vehicle.


A 5-year-old male German Shepherd named Phoenix was also very thin and was covered with feces. The day following the rescue, he had a seizure and was minimally responsive due to the neglect and starvation of his guardians.


On a separate note, Federal Way Mirror reports that according to charging documents, WOLFF “also has a pending charge of second-degree animal cruelty 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.”

In 2015, Federal Way Police investigated WOLFF for allegedly leaving a Rottweiler and her two puppies crated in a truck in the pouring rain.


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Following several calls to 911 reporting three dogs who looked unhealthy and lethargic, and running free near the 30500 block of 11th Avenue South, a Federal Way Police Department Animal Control officer rescued five dogs who were living in squalid conditions.


Federal Way Mirror reports that two of the dogs were voluntarily surrendered by their guardians.

A third dog, who retreated to the trailer required police to get a search warrant to retrieve the furbaby. After executing the warrant, two more dogs were located in the trailer.


Federal Way Mirror explained that as of September 22, five dogs were rescued from a Federal Way residence and placed in the care of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.


The furbabies, ranging from 5 months old to 8 years old, include four German Shepherds and one French Bulldog.


The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County said in a news release that the officer discovered the dogs in a “tiny, cramped trailer covered in feces and urine.”

It’s unknown how long the poor furbabies were living in these distressing conditions.


When the dogs arrived at our shelter, they were terrified and shied away from anyone who came near. We did our best to comfort them, but it will take time to win their trust,” said the nonprofit.


The release goes on to say: “The youngest of the five dogs, a 5-month-old German shepherd, concerns us the most. She cowers in fear even when offered food and has the most severe medical issues. All of the dogs are underweight, but she is especially emaciated. She has long, overgrown nails, and is suffering from a condition in both front wrists that causes an abnormal range of motion.”


According to FOX13: “The Animal Services Unit said the owners have been involved in previous animal cruelty cases. They were taken to jail since they had animal cruelty arrest warrants in other areas. Animal Services Officers are coordinating with other jurisdictions to prevent the owners from being allowed to possess any animals while all of the cases are pending against them.”


Once the two dogs who were surrendered fully recover, they will be up for adoption at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.

The other three dogs will be placed in long-term foster care while police wait for criminal proceedings against the guardians.


Meanwhile, the organization needs help to care for the furbabies.

If you wish, and can afford to make a donation, please click here. Thank you!



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