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Forks Animal Sanctuary Owner Sued By Attorney General

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state attorney general is suing a man who used to run an animal sanctuary in Forks, saying he failed to register with the state while raising $300,000 for his organization.

By not registering with the Secretary of State’s office, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Stephen Markwell unlawfully solicited and collected money and did not keep records showing how he spent donations made to Olympic Animal Sanctuary. Ferguson says that’s a violation of Washington’s Charitable Solicitations Act and Consumer Protection Act.

Markwell’s sanctuary has been a source of contention in Forks.

The Peninsula Daily News reports animal rights activists protested the sanctuary, alleging the dogs kept there were starving and living in squalor. After a series of protests, Markwell closed the sanctuary and turned 124 dogs to a New York-based animal welfare organization in December.

The attorney general’s action does not address the animal neglect allegations.

 

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