CENTRALIA, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Thirty-eight dogs — many of them puppies — were pulled from severely unsanitary living conditions Thursday in Lewis County.
Around 3 p.m., Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant to Jimmie Jemison, a 49-year-old man living in a Centralia RV.
Jemison had been “highly uncooperative on several occasions” with Lewis County law enforcement leading up to the warrant, which stemmed from a tip given at the end of April.
Upon entering the RV, deputies discovered 21 adult dogs and 17 puppies, most of which were sick and dehydrated. The dogs, all kept in the 28×30 RV, were held in kennels, one stacked on the other. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, they were sleeping and eating in their own feces.
One of the kennels reportedly contained dead baby possums, though it was not immediately known whether the dogs killed the possums.
Chickens, quail, a goat and about 12 domesticated rats were also on the property, deputies said. Garbage cans and buckets full of feces were stored outside the RV.
“This was an unfortunate incident all around,” Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said. “Mr. Jemison is facing severe medical issues, and the animals were obviously in danger living in the conditions they were in.”
Investigators believe Jemison was breeding the dogs — mostly Boxers, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Bassets and mixed breeds — to sell. Jemison was arrested, but was transported to a local hospital for a severe medical condition. Jemison faces charges of second-degree animal cruelty.
The dogs were taken to the Lewis County Animal Shelter for observation. Adoption fees for dogs usually run from $75 to $105.