Elmer Givens Jr. petitioned the court to get his dogs back after the first seizure, but Judge Jeanette Lineberry denied his request. Though Givens has denied the dog-fighting allegations, the authorities have stated that the conditions at his residence in Midland point to dog-fighting activity. After the 2019 seizure, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department stated that dozens of dogs were found locked in crates with their own waste in a garage, and investigators found materials related to dogfighting and breeding.
The authorities have outlined what led to the most recent seizure, stating:
Earlier this week our investigators received a tip that a large number of dogs were being kept on the same property and made allegations that the property owner was shooting the dogs with a pellet gun. The tip contained footage of the property, dogs, and the alleged abuse. Our investigators interviewed witnesses, collected the video evidence, and obtained a search warrant for the property.
Upwards of 90 dogs and puppies have been seized from this man's residence in less than a year. The investigation from the first situation has not even been concluded!
Please add your name to this petition today - the court needs to know that we care about this case and want to see Givens denied his bid to reclaim the dogs! The courts must also issue a mandate that Givens can never own dogs again! Additionally, based on the investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, this man deserves to face animal cruelty and/or dog-fighting charges. Please take action right now to stop this man from continuing to abuse and exploit dogs!
Q13 (prior situation)
Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update: 4/19/21: Animal Victory has sent 19,723 signatures and comments to Prosecutor Patrick Vincent today. Animal Victory has sent signage below to protesters attending the court.
Update 3/31/2021: Animal Victory has learned that 23 of the dogs involved in this cruelty case are now being made available for adoption through the Humane Society - Tacoma/Pierce County. We have also learned that a Pierce County judge has banned Givens from using social media, websites, or other sources to promote dog breeding. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has stated that any current social media posts or websites of Givens promoting breeding are to be taken down immediately. Animal Victory has learned that another court date is scheduled for 7/20/2021. Animal Victory has sent 18,000 signatures along with our letter of intent to Lead Prosecutor Patrick Vincent. Read our letter here.
Update 3/5/2021: The arraignment took place on 3/4/21, and the suspect pleaded not guilty; he is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. The next scheduled court dates are 3/30 and 4/22 for the omnibus hearing and jury trial. Animal Victory has been informed that the lead prosecutor is J. Patrick Vincent.
Update 3/4/2021: This week, the authorities seized ANOTHER 23 dogs from Elmer Givens Jr.'s home! A total of 107 dogs/puppies have been seized from this man's home since 2019. Prosecutors have filed 75 animal cruelty-related charges against this man. According to the probable cause statement, Givens remains defiant, saying, "I'm not afraid of jail. I've been to jail, and as long as you ain't charged me and convicted me, I'm gonna do whatever I want." Please add your name to the petition if you haven't yet.
Update 11/12/2020: The puppies seized from Givens are currently available for adoption through the Humane Society for Tacoma Pierce County. Givens did not get them back! We will continue to push for him to face charges, and to be prohibited from owning pets in the future.
Update October 27, 2020: Read our letter to Prosecuting Attorney Robnett here