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Medical Lake canine coach dealing with a number of animal abuse fees

Greg Houser was allegedly liable for the dying of two canines, who courtroom paperwork say died because of extreme dehydration after being left in a sizzling trailer.

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Content material warning: This story accommodates descriptions of animal cruelty and abuse which may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is suggested.

The operator and coach of a Medical Lake canine kennel is accused of killing a number of canines attributable to his insufficient care and neglect of the animals.

Greg Houser pleaded not responsible Wednesday to 2 counts of first-degree animal cruelty and one rely of working an unlicensed kennel.

Houser was working Houser’s High quality Labs, a canine coaching and boarding enterprise in Medical Lake, since a minimum of 2019. In keeping with courtroom paperwork, a minimum of two of the canines he was coaching died in his care.

On Aug. 12, 2021, courtroom paperwork state Houser introduced two canines, Drake and Andy, to the West Plains Animal Hospital. Drake was useless upon arrival and Andy was in crucial situation. Each canines had been “soiled, smelled and had been underweight.”

Houser informed veterinarians that Drake and Andy “ate and acted regular the night time earlier than, however misplaced weight in a single day and had been ‘dying’ that morning.” He additionally informed veterinarians that one other canine at his facility died three weeks earlier from Parvo, an infectious virus that canines can contract by coming into contact with an contaminated animal.

When veterinarians started inspecting Andy, he was in extraordinarily poor situation. Court docket paperwork state Andy had a fever of 104.6 levels, was semi-comatose and severely underweight and skilled a number of grand mal seizures.

Andy was additionally severely dehydrated, had strain accidents on each elbows and knees and had a severely elevated sodium degree of 190. He was additionally affected by hypernatremia, a excessive focus of sodium within the blood, probably attributable to a mixture of very popular climate, gastrointestinal issues and being housed in an aluminum canine trailer with no shade cowl, in line with paperwork.

Andy in the end died after being taken to the Washington State College (WSU) Veterinary Hospital for additional therapy.

“Irritating, for the reason that starting. Since all the things occurred he is been very nonchalant about all the things,” Leidelmeyer informed KREM 2. “He hasn’t proven any care or regret. He is been going as enterprise as regular. So, I hoped he would take a plea deal. I made a decision to not, which did not shock me as a result of that is his character.”

Drake and Andy’s homeowners each acknowledged the canines had been wholesome, lively and updated on their vaccinations previous to their coaching with Houser. Veterinarians acknowledged Andy’s crucial situation didn’t happen in a single day, in line with courtroom paperwork.

Lawrence Leidelmeyer, Andy’s proprietor, informed investigators Houser texted him at roughly 6:30 am on Aug. 12, 2021, to inform him Andy had been sick for 3 days. Leidelmeyer informed Houser to take Andy to the vet instantly, however didn’t obtain a response from Houser till roughly 8:40 am saying he was on his method to the vet.

Shortly after, Leidelmeyer obtained a name from West Plains and was informed Andy was in crucial situation and had “a ten% likelihood” of creating it, in line with paperwork.

Leidelmeyer informed investigators he obtained images of Andy from West Plains displaying that he was “underweight and dirty with feces and urine.”

Drake’s proprietor informed investigators he had an identical expertise with Houser previous to his canine’s dying. In keeping with courtroom paperwork, Houser known as Drake’s proprietor at 7 am on Aug. 12, 2021, and informed him Drake was “torpid, vomiting, defecating and urinating on himself, had misplaced weight in a single day and was unable to stroll.”

Just like Leidelmeyer, Drake’s proprietor informed Houser to instantly take Drake to the vet for medical care. Roughly two hours later, Houser known as Schallberger and informed him Drake was useless. Drake’s proprietor stated he didn’t be taught till later that Drake was useless on arrival at West Plains, in line with paperwork.

Drake’s proprietor and his spouse went to Houser’s property on Aug. 14, 2021. Whereas there, the 2 found transport trailers outdoors within the direct daylight with no shade cowl, in addition to seven to eight canine runs inside the power with just one store fan and no air-con.

Considered one of Houser’s former assistants spoke with investigators about his time engaged on the property. Throughout that point, he stated the canines had been stored in packing containers on transport trailers for many of the day. He stated every canine was outdoors the field for a complete of 1 hour per day.

The assistant stated there was no bedding or mats within the trailers, which had been fabricated from aluminum. There have been additionally no followers or air-con contained in the trailers, which he stated had been by no means moved and confronted the solar throughout all hours of the day.

Meals and water bowls weren’t contained in the packing containers. Fairly, the employees gave the canines water in buckets, in line with courtroom paperwork.

The assistant stated he heard a cellphone dialog between Houser and Leidelmeyer wherein Houser informed him Andy had been sick for 3 days. Leidelmeyer stated he informed Houser to take Andy to the vet, however Houser stated he needed to “end airing all of the canines first.”

Leidelmeyer requested Houser why he waited for 3 days to take Andy to the vet. Court docket paperwork state Houser denied saying the canines had been sick and adjusted his story to say the canines had been positive upon airing at 10 pm the night time earlier than.

Animal safety officers in the end decided that Houser had dedicated animal cruelty, willfully confining the animals in an enclosed house the place they had been uncovered to extreme warmth, legal negligence and proudly owning and exercising management of an unlicensed business kennel.

Throughout his courtroom look on Wednesday, Houser didn’t enter a plea. His subsequent courtroom date is ready for Nov. 12, 2022.

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