Police rescue puppies; find dead dogs, guns, drugs in convicted felon's home

Police found seven living puppies showing various signs of neglect and three deceased puppies inside a home in Monroe Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Search warrants also uncovered guns, methamphetamine, a stolen rife and ammunition. (Photo: Monroe Police)

MONROE, Wash. - Reports of a dead dog led to the arrest of a convicted felon in Monroe on Tuesday, according to police.

Police were called to the home off 182nd Ave. and 154th St. SE on Monday after reports of a dead puppy in front of the house.

When officers arrived, they found the dead puppy inside a box near the front door.

A witness claimed there were more puppies inside, but no one was home at the time.

Police returned to the home on Tuesday to contact the tenant.

The 30-year-old man living at the home told officers the three-week-old puppies were sick, but none of them had been taken to a veterinarian for medical treatment. He also declined the offer to take the animals to the vet and did not take them himself.

Later in the day, officers served a search warrant at the home for animal cruelty.

Once inside, they found two more deceased dogs and seven living puppies showing various signs of neglect.

The living puppies were checked out by veterinarian and then taken to the Everett Animal Shelter. But, one of those puppies died overnight.

A veterinarian will determine the cause of death on all four puppies.

Police also found drug paraphernalia and a gun safe.

A second search warrant uncovered guns, ammunition and methamphetamine.

A Springfield Armory rifle was also recovered, which police said had been stolen during a burglary at a home in Granite Falls.

The man living at the home was already a convicted felon and not allowed to have guns.

He was arrested without incident and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Additional Animal Cruelty charges are pending further investigation.

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