King County prosecutors report rise in animal cruelty cases

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington state have reported an increase in animal cruelty cases in King County, raising concerns among law enforcement and animal agencies. The Seattle Times reported that the King County prosecuting attorney’s office had filed 19 animal cruelty cases so far this year, compared to nine cases in 2019 and 10 in 2018. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tali Smith said Monday that she is in the process of reviewing another case this week and expects to see at least three more cases in the coming weeks. Smith believes the pandemic has been hard on people’s resources and mental health but also said there is no evidence of the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on animal abuse cases.