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Judge halts order to exterminate Togo wolf pack in northeast Washington state

A Thurston County Superior Court judge today ordered the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to halt lethal action against a wolf pack accused of injuring or killing cattle in northeast Washington. Six apparent strikes of wolf depredation by the Togo wolf pack in Ferry County since November 2017, three in the last 30 […]

Image: Tlingit tribal elder Anna Haala (left) of Everett and Lorraine Bayes (right) of Seattle look at a 16-foot orca totem pole during a blessing and naming ceremony at the Lummi Tribal Center in Bellingham, Washington, on May 10, 2018. The totem pole will travel to various cities until it reaches the Miami Seaquarium, where an orca named Tokitae is being held in captivity. The Lummi and others want the orca freed. (Photo by Karen Ducey)

A totem pole is the Lummi’s cry to free an orca from captivity

BELLINGHAM — Dozens of people prayed, sang and spoke passionately around a 16-foot totem pole in the shape of an orca during a blessing and naming ceremony at the Lummi Tribal Center here on Thursday. The event kicked off the second day of its journey across the country to raise awareness of Tokitae, an orca […]

IMAGE: Steve Beckmann, Owner of Sealth Horse Carriage, and Amos, his 11 year-old Percheron draft horse, haul customers around Westlake Center in Seattle, WA on December 9, 2017. Beckmann says he was the first horse and carriage business in Seattle and now, 42 years later, he is the only one left. (© Karen Ducey)

Seattle’s only horse-drawn carriage, will it be the last?

This story was first published on SEATTLE – Jammed between the cars, buses, bikes, taxis and pedestrians around Westlake Center stands a black Herculean draft horse waiting to pull a white Cinderella-like carriage. Forty-five dollars gets you a 15-minute ride straight out of the Victorian era — or old-time Seattle. People in the holiday […]

Second Chance Dogs headquarters suffers tragic fire

Roy, Wash. – Fire raged through an animal rescuer’s home on Tuesday, March 17th, killing two of her dogs and destroying her house and van.  President Diana Crimni operated Second Chance Dogs, a local nonprofit, out of her home where 1,000’s of dogs, rescued from neglect, abuse or abandonment, have passed through her initial care […]

35 dogs, flown by Wings of Rescue, arrived from San Antonio Animal Services and the Animal Defense League at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash on August 30, 2017. The dogs were part of a rescue effort to free up shelter space for incoming pets from Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers from PAWS and Seattle Humane were here to greet them. They began their journey at 8am and arrived in Seattle at 3:40 pm. © Karen Ducey)

A tail-wagging, post-Hurricane Harvey story

Shelter dogs from Texas were flown to Seattle, making room for dogs being rescued from the flooding This story first appeared in Crosscut        Story by Lilly A. Fowler | Photos by Karen Ducey SEATTLE — As the sun emerged and the water began to recede in parts of flood-ravaged Houston, 35 large dogs from Texas […]

IMAGE: Animal advocates meet with their legislators during Humane Lobby Day in Olympia, Wash. on January 27, 2016. The event held by HSUS was attended by around 55 people who came out to learn about animal welfare issues and speak to legislative on their behalf. (photo by Karen Ducey/ Animal News Northwest)

Humane Lobby day – a chance to speak with your legislators

  Olympia, WA – Animal advocates will gather in Olympia, Washington for Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday January 24, to learn about a handful of bills concerning animal welfare issues and speak to their legislators. Open to the public. Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Address: 210 11th Ave SW […]

IMAGE: Rodeo bullfighter Maurice Reed from Kent, WA puts himself between the bull and rider during the Northwest Junior Rodeo Association in Oakville, Wash. on September 11, 2016. The event took place all weekend and included hundreds of people and animals. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Northwest Junior Rodeo Finals

OAKVILLE, WA – An estimated 115 kids, 150 horses, 13 goats, 110 head of steers, calves and cows, 50 volunteers and uncountable array of dogs arrived in the Oakville Events Center for the the Northwest Junior Rodeo over the weekend of September 11, 2016. Finalists competing in rodeos throughout the summer in towns across Western […]

The blue wall comes down

Seattle — The tall, heavy, wooden, painted-blue wall that has blocked the public’s view of the $124 million underground animal research lab on the University of Washington campus being constructed, was removed today and replaced with a wire fence. According to spokesman Tina Mankowski, director of UW Medicine/Health Sciences News and Community Relations, the exterior […]

IMAGE;Abby Aspee from Lacey, Wash. (bottom left) is angry. “The Profanity Peak pack is being killed at the benefit of a private rancher. Taxpayers are unknowingly funding the slaughter of our wildlife,” she says. She is joined by scores of others who rallied outside the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) headquarters in Olympia, Washington against the killing of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in eastern Washington on September 1, 2016. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Protesters howl over wolves killed in Washington

  OLYMPIA, Wash.– A protest against the killing of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in eastern Washington by state wildlife officials was held today on the steps of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) headquarters in Olympia, Washington. Almost a hundred people from around the Pacific Northwest came out to urge wildlife officials […]

IMAGE: J14 photographed on June 6, 2016. The 42-year old female in J pod, is considered missing since August 3, 2016. J14, also known as Samish, was born in 1974, the first year Dr. Mike Bigg, commissioned by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, started studying the Southern Resident killer whales. She has three living offspring: daughters J37 and J40 and son J45, she is also grandmother to J37's calf J49. J14 is the only known daughter of J12 and a possible descendant of J2.   (Dave Ellifrit/ Center for Whale Research)

Whale from J pod missing

J14, a 42-year old female killer whale in J pod, is considered missing. She was last spotted from shore on August 3rd by a Center for Whale Research staff member. The rest of her descendents have been encountered by CWR staff since July 31st but she was not present. J14, also known as Samish ,was […]

IMAGE: Gray wolf (Gary Kramer / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )

Wolf supporters to protest Profanity Peak pack shootings

OLYMPIA, Wash.– A protest against the killing of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in eastern Washington by state wildlife officials is scheduled for Thursday Sept. 1, from noon-2pm on the steps of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) headquarters in Olympia, Washington. Organized by advocacy groups Predators Defense and the Center for Biological […]

Image: Krystallynn Delp, 7, cares for Curious George, an eight-week-old kitten with her grandfather, Bob Delp and his dog Mamma at Mary’s Place Guest Rooms. Mary's Place Guest Rooms provide transitional housing for families including those with pets. The family had previously been sleeping in their van and say they wouldn't have gone to a shelter if they weren't allowed to bring their pets. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

In this homeless shelter, pets are part of the family

This story is co-published with Crosscut On a quiet afternoon in downtown Seattle, an old, worn-out three-story building bursts with laughter. A tortoise has appeared in the hallway and children bolt out of the dining room, abandoning their dinner to come see it. The tortoise has just stolen the limelight from Curious George, an 8-week-old […]

IMAGE: Larry Washington gives his little puppy, Rebound, a big kiss after her vet exam at the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic in Seattle. Washington who is living in an apartment says he just got her two weeks ago from a friend whose dog had puppies. "Now," he says "I don't know what I'd do without her. I’m watching her every second of the day. She’s like my baby. (© Karen Ducey/ Animal News Northwest)

At the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic who’s healing who?

  Seattle- Deep in the gritty heart of Pioneer Square under the long shadow of glassy black skyscrapers and steel construction cranes in this growing metropolitan city, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic performs a unique service every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Funded by donors, the clinic offers free pet supplies, basic veterinary […]

Animal News Northwest wins top journalism honors

Animal News Northwest was honored with three first place awards and a second place award during the Northwest Excellence in Journalism gala on Saturday night sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter. News publications across our region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington were represented. In the Visuals category photojournalist and […]

IMAGE: The doors and windows are closed at night while See My Magic, a 13 year-old Tennessee walking Horse, stands in his stall in Roy, Washington on March 27, 2016. A week later a horse trailer drove up and took him away. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Horse locked in stall disappears. Animal control, owner stay silent

Have you Seen My Magic? The 13 year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named See My Magic whose handling outraged horse lovers around the world, was calmly loaded into a trailer behind a pickup truck and driven to an undisclosed location last week on the morning of April 4th, neighbors report. Pierce County Animal Control, which has […]

IMAGE: Chai, a 37 year-old female elephant, is mechanically hoisted up after going down and not being able to lift herself up at the Oklahoma City Zoo on December 18, 2015. She had lost over 1,000 pounds in 8 months before dying in a state of emaciation. In this image her spine is protruding. (hand out image from Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants)

Chai suffered, documents show. Seattle advocates want answers

One of Seattle’s most beloved zoo animals, Chai, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, suffered for months before her January death at the Oklahoma City Zoo, said a Seattle advocacy group after reviewing medical documents provided by Oklahoma City. Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants are now calling on the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical […]

IMAGE: See My Magic, a Tennessee Walking Horse, has been locked up for years in his stall in Roy, Wash. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

See My Magic: From a life in high heels to a life behind bars

  If only you could See My Magic. Chances are, you probably never will. Hidden under tall pines surrounding a little blue barn in rural Western Washington, See My Magic, a 13-year-old, chestnut-colored Tennessee Walking Horse stands alone in high heels, waiting, perpetually, for anything. From his little window covered with white metal bars, he […]

IMAGE: Caitlin Hamilton, age 24, gives her dog Hanai, a 17 month-old Boxer, a big kiss on the sidewalk on University Avenue in Seattle, Wash. Hamilton has been living on the street for eight years. She found Hanai on Craig's List when she was in Montana. A seven month old puppy at the time, he had a dislocated shoulder, a fractured elbow, and atrophied leg on his left side which she later had amputated. Veterinary clinic, Companion Pet, performed the $1,200 surgery free of charge. Hanai is certified as an emotional support animal for Hamilton who was brutally assaulted four years ago.

You Are My Home: Street pets and their peeps

There are shelters for dogs and shelters for people, but in King County, Washington there are no public shelters for both. Where do homeless people with pets go? Critics argue people unable to take care of themselves cannot take care of a pet, but advocates say many people, hungry, will feed a pet before they […]

IMAGE: Yvonne Devereaux of Seattle reacts after finding a monumental street sign with her dog Louisa’s name on it in New Orleans. Devereaux volunteered with Pasado’s Safe Haven after Hurricane Katrina, caring for hundreds of animals in 2005. One of the dogs got to come home with her. Devereaux named her Louisa, short for Lousiana and later found out she had actually been rescued from Louisa Street. Louisa passed away last year. This September, Devereaux returned to New Orleans to spread Louisa’s ashes. “I didn’t have anything planned,” she said. “I just hoped to find the right spot somewhere on Louisa Street.” Somehow we ended up here. This beautiful park. It has to be the mojo.” In 2010 Devereaux went on to found Lady’s Hope Dog Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for neglected pitbulls. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Reconnecting with Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, hundreds of animal lovers from around the country couldn’t bear the sight of thousands of stranded and distressed pets on the evening news in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Forced to flee floodwaters after a levee breach, many residents of New Orleans were evacuated and ordered to leave their […]

IMAGE: The sun sets over a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus truck outside the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash. on October 4, 2015. Ringling Bros. announced it would not be returning to the Pacific Northwest for at least a couple of years. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Bye Bye circus: Ringling Bros. shuts the curtain on the Pacific Northwest

Everett– If you missed the circus this weekend it may be years before you get to see it again. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced last week it will not to return to the Pacific Northwest for at least a couple years according to a company spokesman. This was welcome news to animal advocates […]