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2010 Best of Western Washington

SAFE is honored to be among the winners of the KING-5/Evening Magazine 2010 Best of Western Washington awards. We were voted 5th place in the category of Favorite Local Charity, out of a total of 132 nominees in that category with more than 400,000 votes cast. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

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Seattle Times: Animal-cruelty charges filed against Enumclaw woman

Animal-cruelty charges filed against Enumclaw woman by Christine Clarridge Originally published Friday, March 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM An Enumclaw woman who has been blamed for the deaths of more than two dozen farm animals over the course of two months was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree animal cruelty. If convicted, Karen E. Thomas, 46, would face up to a year in jail, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, King County Animal...

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KOMO-TV: Investigation finds gruesome horse neglect

Investigation finds gruesome horse neglect By Michelle Esteban and KOMO News Staff Aired on Feb 5 2009 SNOHOMISH, Wash. – A Snohomish woman has been linked to a gruesome animal cruelty investigation that was launched after one of her horses was found starved to death and another was found near death. Investigators want her charged with animal cruelty, and on Thursday they handed over their findings to the Snohomish County prosecutor. Read...

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Everett Herald: Horse Rescued from Starvation Still Struggling

Horse rescued from starvation still struggling By Debra Smith, Everett Herald Writer Published Dec 22 2008 MONROE — Whisper, the horse rescued from a Snohomish field, lived through the weekend, but she’s not out of danger yet, said her caretaker. “We’ll keep trying for her as long as she shows us she wants to live,” said Jaime Taft by e-mail this morning. Taft’s nonprofit equine rescue organization took the filly in last week after police...

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Everett Herald: Cold is Cruel to Ailing Filly

Cold is cruel to ailing filly By Debra Smith, Herald Writer Published Dec 20 2008 MONROE — Jaime Taft is trying to save a horse’s life, and Mother Nature isn’t helping. The filly — gaunt and covered in sores — was rescued along with two others from a Snohomish field on Orchard Avenue Dec. 7. The owner, a 27-year-old Snohomish woman, turned over custody of the horses to police. Two remain under police care, but the...

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KOMO-TV: Help needed for starved horses

Help needed for starved horses by KOMO staff Aired on Dec 8 2008 SNOHOMISH, Wash. — Animal control officers are asking for help caring for neglected horses after finding one horse dead and several others starving at a Snohomish home in what they’re calling the worst case of horse neglect they have ever seen. Police Commander Fred Havener said the horses were found Sunday evening at a home in the 1200 block of Orchard Avenue.Read the...

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Horsebytes: Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears by Monica Bretherton Published Nov 4 2008 Do crocodiles cry for the victims they are eating, as legend holds? Certainly not – they have no tear ducts. Jean Elledge does, as she demonstrated again at her sentencing hearing in Snohomish County Superior Court yesterday. There was no glare of publicity this time, only the grey light of a damp November afternoon from the bank of windows. Whether because it was the day before...

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Seattle Times: Monroe woman sentenced to year in jail for starving horses

Monroe woman sentenced to year in jail for starving horses By The Associated Press Published Nov 4 2008 EVERETT — A Monroe woman who starved five horses to death was sentenced to a year in jail for animal cruelty. The 57-year-old woman, Jean Marie Elledge, pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court. She had been paid to board horses in Monroe and Carnation and dead and starving animals were found...

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Horsebytes: Facing the Ghosts

Facing the Ghosts by Monica Bretherton Published Oct 19 2008 Jean Elledge appeared before Judge Ramsdell at the King County Courthouse at 2:45 yesterday for sentencing on the three counts of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree to which she entered a guilty plea in Superior Court. I had never been to a sentencing hearing, and in case you haven’t either, the prosecutor makes a sentencing recommendation, and brings forth key witnesses to give...

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Seattle P-I: 9-month sentence in case of starved horses

9-month sentence in case of starved horses By LEVI PULKKINEN Published Oct 17 2008 Lilly was a foal when animal control officers saved her from Jean Marie Elledge’s pasture. Skinny and sick, she was still better off than the four horses found dead on the Carnation property. Horse rescue workers thought there might be a chance for her. Their hopes, though, were misplaced. Lilly was euthanized weeks later when it became clear she...

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KOMO-TV: Woman sentenced for what rescuers called ‘horrifying’ case of animal abuse

Woman sentenced for what rescuers called ‘horrifying’ case of animal abuse By KOMO Staff Aired Oct 17 2008 SEATTLE — A King County woman was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail for letting horses die and live in filthy conditions on her property. Jean Elledge pleaded guilty last month to three counts of animal cruelty. She was arrested in February after officers found dead and starving horses on her farm in Carnation....

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KING-TV: Carnation woman sentenced in animal cruelty case

Carnation woman sentenced in animal cruelty case by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News Aired Oct 17 2008 SEATTLE – A Carnation woman was sentenced to nine moths in jail for felony animal cruelty today in a major animal abuse case involving dozens of dead and starving horses. The judge called the animal abuse “despicable” and said most people treat their cars better than Jean Elledge treated her horses. KING 5 first brought this story...

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Seattle Times: Carnation woman sentenced for letting horses starve

Carnation woman sentenced for letting horses starve By Nancy Bartley Published Oct 7 2009 A Carnation woman who allowed several horses to starve to death was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail, a year of community supervision and ordered to no longer care for animals. Jean Marie Elledge, 57, could have been sentenced to up to one year in prison for the four counts of first-degree animal cruelty, but King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey...

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Seattle P-I: Carnation woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Carnation woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty By LEVI PULKKINEN Published Oct 17 2008 A 57-year-old King County woman could spend a year in jail for allowing three horses on her Carnation farm to starve to death. On Thursday, Jean Elledge pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree animal cruelty, a felony. Prosecutors have recommended Elledge be sentenced to one year in jail for the crimes. King County Animal Control officers arrived at...

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