Deputies take 11 underfed dogs, arrest owner

TONASKET — The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office this week seized 11 dogs that were underfed and arrested their owner on suspicion of second-degree animal cruelty.

Sheriff Frank Rogers said the dogs included five puppies and two pregnant females that were in very poor shape.

Rogers said deputies first went to the home at 130 Pickens Valley Road north of Tonasket last week, and owner Richard A. Reed, 52, was uncooperative and combative. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, and family members told deputies they would care for the dogs.

Deputies returned on Monday and found the dogs had no food or water, and Reed — who had since been released from jail — refused to come out of his home.

They went back on Tuesday with a search warrant and confiscated the dogs. Reed was booked into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of felony harassment and animal cruelty.

The dogs were taken to Keystone Animal Rescue and will be checked by a veterinarian, Rogers said.