City considers retrial in animal cruelty case
Following a Municipal Court jury deadlock on two animal cruelty charges against an Edmonds woman, Police Chief Al Compaan has asked the city prosecutor’s office to review the case with an eye toward a possible retrial.
The jury found Rose Adams guilty Monday of housing more dogs in her home than is legally permitted, but deadlocked on the more serious charges of animal cruelty.
It also cleared Adams’ boyfriend, George Beutler, of animal cruelty.
Sgt. Mark Marsh of the Edmonds Police Department said a new date is automatically set for a retrial per court procedure, but no decision has been made on whether to proceed.
“We’re still evaluating whether to seek a retrial, and will follow the prosecutor’s recommendation,” Marsh said.
Adams was found guilty of housing more than five dogs – the legal limit permitted in Edmonds – and all were removed from the home.
The case began last Spring when a neighbor videotaped a dog fight in the backyard of the Lake Ballinger home that Adams and Beutler shared.
The neighbor turned the video over to authorities and, on May 14, Edmonds police served a search warrant on the couple’s home.
They seized 14 dogs.
None of the dogs has been returned to Adams. Marsh said part of the sentencing for the guilty verdict would include a decision on whether five of the dogs should be returned to her care.