FOLLOWUP: New homes sought for animals seized in Delridge cruelty case

(WSB photo, October 15, 2020)

Almost six months have passed since a tip led investigators to what the Seattle Animal Shelter‘s executive director called the “worst case of animal cruelty and neglect” she had ever seen – more than 200 neglected animals and 100+ dead ones in and near a Delridge house. The man arrested there, Matthew A. Hazelbrook, is awaiting trial on 17 counts of felony animal cruelty. In the meantime, SAS says some of the surviving animals were finally surrendered and are now up for adoption. In its announcement, SAS says it’s looking for “forever homes” after the animals have spent months either at the shelter or in foster homes. We asked for details on the 200+ animals originally seized, and here’s what SAS spokesperson Melissq Mixon sent:

We have 19 guinea pigs and 6 rabbits from the case still available for adoption.

We transferred 125 guinea pigs and 58 rabbits to other organizations.

The rest of the animals (~90) either had ownership claims and were reclaimed or have already been adopted.

As noted in its post, SAS is also trying to find homes for 70 cats from an unrelated case – found in a downtown studio apartment. Mixon tells WSB, “We’ve had an incredible response to both this case and the latest one. Our teams are working as quickly as possible to review and process adoption applications …” Adoptable animals, and information on how to adopt, can be found here. Hazelbrook’s trial, meantime, is tentatively set for July.

2 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: New homes sought for animals seized in Delridge cruelty case"

  • Sillygoose April 11, 2021 (10:39 am)

    Ownership claims? Can you elaborate on this?

    • WSB April 11, 2021 (10:52 am)

      In previous coverage, it was noted that the defendant “ran an animal-transport business.”

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