Therese Hitesman Kranz left her home at 5:00am and drove four hours to get to the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, WA "Because I think the dogs deserve to have a voice." she said on December 16, 2013.
Owner Steve Markwell Markwell has been under fire for neglecting the dogs after volunteers filed a complaint in 2012. The City of Forks police department investigated and found horrific conditions but said legally they were unable to do anything about it. Markwell claims he has 125 dogs inside and believes he is their last hope. Many of the dogs were turned over to him by rescues and shelters who deemed them dangerous. Mounting evidence of animal cruelty has prompted many of them to ask for their dogs back. Markwell refuses and only lets a few trusted volunteers enter the premises.
Upon her arrival Hitesman Kranz says it was totally quiet but the dogs started barking when a couple of cars, including Markwell's pulled up. No one went inside for almost two hours and no dogs went out side all day she observed. Despite recent reports Markwell offered all his dogs to one sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society, Hitesman Kranz says "I don't believe for a second that anything is happening here." She believes his real motive is to take the heat off him and put it on Best Friends. “If he wanted to get those dogs to help and safety it would have been done already.” She encourages more people to come out and protest. “Even if it is just one person it matters. It upsets them that people are there.” “Because look everyone is saying "Its over!" she said referring to recent news stories and social media postings. However, “There’s been no movement at the facility and there’s been no transparency. Now the public thinks its over because that’s what they want to believe. Nobody wants to think those dogs are still suffering. But in reality the dogs have not been saved. They are still suffering. The fight is not over.”Therese Hitesman Kranz is the fou