Judge Erik Rohrer listens to arguments from attorney Derek Medina in the Clallum County Superior Court in Port Angeles, WA on December 20, 2013. Heather Enajibi, President of the Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation (AARF) was suing the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) and its owner Stephen Markwell to get her dog, Leroy, back. Enajibi won and Markwell was ordered to return the dog.
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.