Pasado’s Seeks Maximum Sentencing in AKC Judge Backyard Breeding Case

UPDATE: Margie Hamilton is due in King County Superior Court for arraignment on June 5th on two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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Pasado’s Safe Haven recently launched an investigation into an alleged hoarding situation in Burien, WA and Issaquah, WA. Between two homes, a total of 100 small dogs were being hoarded.



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Many of the dogs found within the homes were in poor health, including missing or nonexistent teeth and vision problems including complete blindness. The Burien home housed 38 dogs, including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Japanese Chins. In the Issaquah home, there were 62 dogs, most of which were in better health and in cleaner conditions. According to a sheriff’s office news release, all of the animals were in relatively poor health and were kept in extremely dirty dog crates. Sadly, while Pasado’s Safe Haven intervened on the behalf of these dogs, 14 of them had to be euthanized.  The remainder of the dogs have been taken to CARES in Burien.  Please contact them if you are interested in fostering or adopting. ((206) 81-CARES or (206) 812-2737)

The video footage obtained was shocking.

Image taken from video footage from the Burien home where 14 neglected dogs could not be saved

The basement was so dark that you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. The windows were blacked out and there was ripped up plastic hanging from the door jam at the entrance of the room. There had to be a pungent stench of urine and feces. The sound of dogs frantically barking almost overpowered a radio. It was a sad, odd juxtaposition of sound: Alarmed cries and indistinguishable voices accompanied by old, loud music.

When a light was turned on, each little set of eyes glowed back at the camera. The brightness of the light was foreign and alarming to them. Some of them looked desperate, their cries and expressions begging to escape; some were neurotic, spinning uncontrollably; and others were hopeless, lying in the back of the little crates lined with urine and feces. It is hope that dies last, and their dejection broke our hearts.

The cage doors were rusted with mats of fur that were stuck to the bars. Fear was palpable in the urine-soaked air. Watching the video, we could feel the despair and desperation of each tiny soul who had been in these deplorable conditions for an unknown duration of time. Who could do this to living sentient beings?

As each face was illuminated with the light, our anger grew to rage: Rage for these voiceless victims who had suffered so long in silence. How long had they been left like this, stacked one on top of another? Their silhouettes seem to span the length of the room. How many were there?

The Owner is a Judge for the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Margi Hamilton, left.

When we discovered who owned these dogs, we were shocked and disgusted that one of the people responsible for this was none other than a judge for the American Kennel Club. The other person was also highly involved with showing dogs. Margi and James Hamilton were a “dog duo” and had been involved with breeding and showing dogs for decades. James was the president of the Puget Sound Doberman Pincher Club and a member of the Mount Rainier Working Dog Club for Great Pyrenees and Dobermans. Margi is a judge for the AKC and has achieved their highest standing. In the September 2011 issue of the AKC “Secretary’s Page,” it lists Margi Hamilton under Approved Breed Judges. Margi is also a judge for the American Rottweiler Club, a member of the Mount Rainer Working Dog Club, and she has had some of the top show Chihuahuas in the world. She was only a few days away from sending one of her dogs off to another big show when the truth behind her AKC judge’s badge was uncovered.

A total of 100 dogs were rescued from this “dog duo.” Of the 38 dogs pulled out of the unspeakable conditions in Burien, 14 could not be saved. Tragically, their lives were cut short when they had to be euthanized.

Law Enforcement is Working Hard to Assure Proper Prosecution

When Pasado’s Safe Haven reported this to Law Enforcement, they began an investigation. Soon after this situation was discovered, those little dogs’ voices were finally heard. Every dog was pulled from the darkness and out into the fresh night air. Each little dog was carefully examined and given a clean, warm place to lay. They were finally out of that black basement, finally free from that perpetual hell…the only existence that they may have ever known.

The emotional and financial investment that go into a rescue like this one are tremendous: Time, effort, resources, heart, and hope. Pasado’s Safe Haven wants to assure that those 14 dogs who died and the 86 who suffered will not be forgotten. Law Enforcement is also working hard to assure the proper prosecution of the individuals responsible for this display of absolute disregard for the lives of these dogs.

Margi’s husband, James, recently died unexpectedly after the investigation began. Margi claims that she had no knowledge of the condition of her dogs in that Burien basement. Because of this claim, there has been speculation that Margi may not get charged for the torture and abuse that she has been committing for decades. As she continued to let these dogs suffer without food, water, sanitation or medical attention, she was able to maintain the façade that she upheld the highest standard of care.

The owner of the Burien home, Mike Stober, knew what was occurring in his basement. He now claims that he, too, had no knowledge of the abuse and conditions that were present one floor below his own home. It is impossible that he was unable to hear the dogs’ cries and the blaring music or smell the fetid urine and feces.

Breeding is a Money-Making Business…

There are many breeders who breed their dogs for that reason alone. The dogs who had been shoved away into that Burien basement had possibly at one time been her prize dogs. When they no longer could bring money in, they became as useless as the old, rusty crates that became their prison. Many of these “once-prized” pups was denied even access to food or water.  This case is still being processed for the charges. Pasado’s is standing by to do whatever we can to assure that this person can no longer work with, own, or reside with dogs. Pasado’s feels strongly that the owner of the home should also be held accountable for allowing this inhumane treatment to exist in his home without stopping it. He, too, has a long history of working with and breeding dogs.

Adopt a Shelter Animal and SAVE A LIFE

Dogs like Tyson (at Pasado’s Sanctaury) are waiting for their forever home. Adopting a shelter animal truly saves a life!

Pasado’s is committed to preventing the undue suffering and pain of innocent animals. Approximately 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in shelters nationwide – a staggering 60 percent of all dogs and 70 percent of all cats who find themselves at a shelter. Five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), twenty-five percent of the dogs who enter local shelters are purebred. And according to Ralston Purina and NCPPSP, approximately 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders. Investigating breeding operations and puppy mills is a large part of this commitment of care. We currently have 7 suspected puppy mill cases that we are investigating.

If you are considering getting a purebred puppy for the holidays this year, please think again. Do you know where they really came from? It is so important to adopt dogs instead of breeding or buying them. Instead of supporting inhumane breeding operations, you can save a life by adopting a rescued animal. And with public pressure, we can work to shut down similar breeding operations and puppy mills and cease the demand for the “perfect” purebred. For surely, there is no perfection in cruelty and callousness. Pasado’s is one of the only 24-hour animal rescues in Washington State. We are here for the animals 365 days a year. Even though it’s the holiday season, the abuse and neglect do not cease. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue with our life-saving work. Together, we can speak for those who do not have a voice, shutting down puppy mills and prosecuting those who have caused such unimaginable pain.

Thank you – from everyone at Pasado’s Safe Haven. Together, we truly can make a world of difference.

November 30, 2011 Comments Off

Giving Thanks: Talk Turkey, Don’t Eat it

Visitors at Pasado’s sanctuary are amazed by Butterball’s sweet personality!

Here at Pasado’s, Thanksgiving is a time to gratefully reflect upon all that has been accomplished in the past year for the animals. It is also a time to celebrate family, whether they are furred, feathered, hoofed, or human. For Thanksgiving, we will “serve” our turkeys here at the sanctuary with a cornucopia of care. We are happy to greet our turkeys at the gate, and not on the dinner plate.

Our friend, Wishbone, will not be anyone’s dinner for Thanksiving!

Every November, we stuff our fowl friends with their own festively delicious meal of corn, cranberries, and grapes. The turkeys gratefully gobble up their delicious dinner while Pasado’s staff and volunteers enjoy a cruelty-free, plant-based meal and reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for. This year, we are especially thankful for the hard work of our staff and volunteers and the assistance of our supporters. Together, we have rescued lives, spayed thousands of pets, and combated animal cruelty in communities and in the courthouse.

This year has marked many milestones for which we are thankful, including the passage of SSB 5065, the expansion of Pasado’s to include a Pierce County office, participating in the largest cat rescue in our history, hosting the Bark at Marymoor Park, pursuing successful animal abuser prosecutions, performing thousands of spay and neuter surgeries, and saving thousands of innocent lives. The expansion of Pasado’s to include a Pierce County office enables Pasado’s to save even more lives in the months and years to come. SSB 5065 makes all forms of animal cruelty punishable in the second degree as gross misdemeanors, a classification that carries a stronger sentence and provides more protection for the animals. And in June, Pasado’s participated in the largest cat rescue in our history. Confessions: Animal Hoarding, which airs on Animal Planet, was there to document the rescue, which will be broadcast on December 30th. We are thankful for the many things that we have accomplished this year and look towards 2012 as a year to save even more lives and inspire powerful change to protect the animals. We are also so very thankful for our readers and supporters, whose assistance has enabled us to continue to forge ahead in the fight against animal cruelty.

Trip is a beautiful Bourbon Red turkey with a great personality.

While being thankful is a traditional part of this holiday, having a plant-based Thanksgiving dinner might seem like an odd way of celebrating “Turkey Day.” But for those of us who know how intelligent and personable our turkey companions are, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Every year since Pasado’s gates first opened, we have celebrated this holiday by giving thanks for the company of our companion animals – especially our gorgeous gobblers! We see the companionate value not only of cats and dogs, but of turkeys, cows, ducks, pigs, and sheep, as well. This holiday is a time to celebrate all of our friends and family, whether they are furred, feathered, hoofed, or human.

Pasado’s Safe Haven opened its sanctuary with the mission to serve those companion animals who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Residents like our turkeys often live here for the remainder of their days. While our brilliant birds make us thankful every day, providing daily care and support can become expensive. Would you like to contribute to our cornucopia of care? Please consider making a donation today – your support helps us continue to save lives, pursue animal abuse cases, and provide for our residents every day of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you – from our brilliant birds and every animal here at Pasado’s!  May we have even more to be thankful for in 2012.

November 23, 2011 Comments Off


Lulu is a beautiful red and white Hereford cow with the cutest patch of curls in the middle of her forehead.

Lulu1Lulu is a little shy at first, but this gorgeous girl warms up once she gets to know you. She’ll also let you know when she’s unhappy with you by scratching at the ground.

Lulu was rescued with her friend, Norman. Lulu and Norman are best pals and act like a cantankerous old married couple. She loves to roam the pasture and rub her head on trees. There’s nothing like a good scratch to start the day!

If you are interested in adopting Lulu, please complete an adoption inquiry.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off


Bessie is an older lady who is just looking for a wonderful retirement home.

Bessie   webWhen we first met her, Bessie was considered to be a “spent milker.” This meant that the farmer who owned her thought that she wasn’t giving enough milk (up to 100 pounds a day) to warrant keeping. We met Bessie when we visited a livestock auction to investigate allegations of cruel animal transport methods. We documented the cruelty and rescued Bessie that same day.

We brought Bessie to Pasado’s Safe Haven, where she’ll live out the rest of her days if she doesn’t find her very own retirement home.  A cow who is well cared for will live up to 25 years. Bessie, after years of milk production and pregnancies (giving birth to her last calf only six weeks prior to being rescued), may have a shorter lifespan.

When she first arrived, Bessie would run from us when we tried to feed her carrots and other treats. Her only experiences with humans had been negative. She is looking to enjoy her days in the sunshine chewing on some hay. Bessie is a little on the shy side, but warms up once she gets to know you and will let you brush and hug her. This sweet girl is looking for someone to show her what true companionship can be like.

Are you interested in adopting Bessie and offering her a loving retirement home? If so, please complete an adoption inquiry.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off


Eddie is a very handsome young cow with a great personality.

Eddie was rescued during a particularly severe cruelty case. He was rescued with his best pal Allie.

These cows were the lucky ones – many of the animals involved didn’t make it.  We are so happy that we could spare these special cows that sad fate. Eddie and Allie were both fairly young when they were rescued, so we are happy to say that they have had many more happy years than sad.

Eddie is a very personable cow and will follow you around, waiting for you to scratch his head. Eddie was of course named after local rock star Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who we admire very much. We hope that he joins us in the knowledge that having Eddie the cow who suffered so much share a similar name is a credit to his kind nature and amazing life.

Like his namesake, Eddie is also very handsome and full of a mellow sort of charm and charisma.  He doesn’t sing nearly as well, but he tries his best.

Eddie is looking for a fantastic home with lots of land to graze over. Eddie is a companion animal only. Can you open your heart to this sweet boy?

If you are interested in adopting Eddie, please complete an adoption inquiry.

November 22, 2011 1

Wishbone the Turkey

UPDATE:  Due to Wishbone’s health, he is no longer adoptable and will be living out his days at the beautiful Pasado’s Sanctuary.

It’s so easy to underestimate a turkey.  They’re pretty strange looking with their wiggly wattles, gobbler outbursts, and oddly-proportioned bodies.  Like most turkeys, Wishbone was destined to become someone’s Thanksgiving dinner.  But luckily, this special guy got a reprieve.  Today, Wishbone shares 85 acres of rolling woodland with many other companion animals who live out their lives in peace at the Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary, and the lucky ones use the Sanctuary as a temporary home until they find their perfect happy ending.

Wishbone is a sweet old man who is looking for a level yard where he can enjoy his days in the sun. Wishbone has a dislocated joint that cannot be mended. It doesn’t seem to bother him, he just takes his time and walks slowly. Like the other disabled animals that we care for, Wishbone just doesn’t seem to know that there is anything wrong.  He just goes about his business as usual.

Wishbone would make a wonderful companion animal for the right person. Turkeys, like dogs and cats make wonderful companions.  They like to be petted, come when called and like to sleep in a warm dry bed.  They also love meal times, and especially sweet treats like corn, grapes and melon.

Wishbone currently shares his days with another turkey who he gets along very well with. Wishbone just wants a place to retire and live peacefully.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off

Nutmeg – Adopted!

Nutmeg was born in a feral colony and is now looking for his forever home.

Nutmeg is a one-year-old male cat who was rescued with his semi-feral Momma Aurora and his sister Cassie. Nutmeg is a gorgeous long, lean, ginger Tabby who is very sweet and will make just the right person a great companion.  He loves to sit up in a window seat all day watching the world go by.

He is friendly, especially with the ladies, but only after he gets used to you. He is still fairly shy and nervous with men, but we have faith that he will get used to one with more exposure. Nutmeg is one of our “office friends” so he doesn’t get a whole lot of exposure to men. We love Nutmeg and after he warms up to you, he will let you pet him and love him.  Nutmeg will do best in a home with no dogs and with people who understand that he is special and will need much more gentle but persistent socializing and understanding.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off


Norman is a handsome, headstrong steer.

Like a typical steer, Norman does not do well with new people and tends to test them. Once he knows someone, he is much more friendly…but will still test you just to be sure you’re paying attention!

Norman likes to give people a “look” that we call his Famous Crazy Eye. He follows this up with a big bellow, just to get your attention, when he is angry or upset by something. He gets annoyed with us because we think he’s just a big ole’ cranky pussy cat wearing a steer costume!

Norman was rescued with his pal Lulu and loves to spend time with her. Can you open your home and heart to this handsome steer?

If you think that Norman sounds like the guy for you, please complete an adoption inquiry.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off


Baby relaxing and munching on some hay.

Baby is a beautiful black and white Holstein cow.  Baby was an unwanted male calf from the dairy industry. He was saved from slaughter and came to live at Pasado’s last year. This young guy was instantly taken under the wing of a mama cow named Lady. These two have continued to bond while at Pasado’s.  It nearly brings tears to your eyes to consider that Lady might never have gotten to actually “raise” a calf if it weren’t for Baby being rescued by Pasado’s, and Baby almost certainly would have either ended up as a veal cow or worse, tossed out like trash to die.

Baby is a relaxed kind of guy, who doesn’t get too worked up about anything.  He is very sweet and loving, and he enjoys people and his fellow cow’s companionship.  He is looking for a home with some other mellow companions to enjoy the rest of his life.

If you would like to adopt Baby, please complete an adoption inquiry.

November 22, 2011 Comments Off

Naughty or Nice?

Inside of the card reads “Does it really matter when you’re this cute?! Happy Howlidays!”



….featuring Pasado’s rescued pup!  Your card purchase can help save the lives of animals in need.  Order today before they sell out!

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November 16, 2011 Comments Off