A large fire at Wilder Trucking company on Russell Road, a property neighboring the Olympic Animal Sanctuary, cuts through through the fog at twilight on Monday evening December 16, 2013 in Forks, WA. The person operating the Bobcat said they were burning wet wood.
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.