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Former Edmonds kennel operator faces lawsuit in deadly dog mauling

Livi (Photo provided by Christopher King)

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – A family pet was killed after being left in the care of a kennel in Edmonds and now the dog’s owner is suing that operator.

Christopher King believes he lost a dog like no other.

“She was not just a dog,” King said. “People say that about their dogs but everybody in the community knew that Livi was a special kind of mythical being."

Last December, King and his girlfriend brought Livi to a kennel in Edmonds while they went on vacation. King said the operator of Precious Paws would take the German Shorthaired Pointer to her home in Mountlake Terrace at night, with the understanding that Livi would receive round-the-clock supervision.

However, a newly-filed legal complaint claims that Kristina Robinson, the kennel operator, left Livi unattended with four other dogs at her residence. Livi was attacked and killed by those dogs.

“We were devastated by this loss and tragedy," Robinson said.

Robinson has since shut down her dog kennel operation, and said she only took in Livi as a favor. She said she also wasn’t charging King and his girlfriend any board fees.

“Mr. King and Elisa Bronstein were not contracted clients,” Robinson said. “I did not have any written agreement with them as Precious Paws clients."

King disputes that account, saying he did pay boarding fees. He later provided receipts he said provides proof of that payment. He also said Robinson misrepresented herself, telling him she was licensed to board animals at both the kennel in Edmonds and her home in Mountlake Terrace.

Mountlake Terrace City Manager Scott Hugill clarified that Robinson was not licensed to run a dog kennel out of her home and was actually cited $1,000 for violating ordinances about the number of dogs she kept on the premises.

“In this industry you cannot inherently take people at their word because dogs will die,” King said.

King is now suing for damages and alerting others to fully check out the businesses that watch their pets.

Robinson said there are two sides to every story and all the facts will be revealed in court.

“The only mistake I made that night was doing that transition, where I left thinking my husband would be home in five or 10 minutes,” Robinson said.

King filed a complaint leading to a lawsuit just before the Christmas weekend. Robinson has 20 days to respond.

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