PULLMAN – On March 16, 2022, Pullman Police Department Code Enforcement officers obtained a search warrant, following reports of deceased animals and unsanitary conditions at a unit within The Ruckus housing community, 1920 NE Terre View Dr, Pullman.
Officers executed the search warrant, where they discovered a number of live animals: two dogs, two cats, two hedgehogs, one tortoise, one bearded dragon, and one leopard gecko.
The following deceased animals were also located and removed from the apartment: one dog, four sugar gliders, three ferrets, one rat, one mouse, one bearded dragon, one gecko, and one ball python.
Live animals recovered from the property were immediately transported to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, for evaluation and treatment. Many were found to be dehydrated and in poor overall health. Some animals remained at the facility for stabilization, while others were transferred to the Whitman County Humane Society for individualized care, under the direction of veterinary staff.
After more than 300 hours of intense investigation, charges have been forwarded to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office. Pullman PD is recommending multiple felony and misdemeanor Animal Cruelty charges against 20-year-old Sydney Weston and 21-year-old Carson Hammer.
The Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory provided essential services throughout this investigation. Live animals remain in the custody of the Pullman Police Department and continue to make daily progress, under the expert care of the staff at the Whitman County Humane Society and WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Animals will be available for adoption through the Whitman County Humane Society,
as health allows.
The Pullman Police Department thanks the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office, for working closely with the investigating officer, as well as management personnel and staff at The Ruckus, for their cooperation and assistance throughout this investigation.