Man facing multiple charges after hundreds of neglected animals found at his home

A West Seattle, Washington, man is facing multiple charges following the discovery of hundreds of neglected animals, including several who had died, at his home. As reported by the Seattle Times, the resident, identified as 54-year-old Matthew Hazelbrook, was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty this week.

Investigators found more than 220 animals inside of Hazelbrook’s residence on the 5000 block of 26th Avenue Southwest, last month – the animals included rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, dogs, chinchillas, and chickens. Charging documents state:

“In addition to the various animals that were located as deceased on scene, at least seven animals have died since being seized due to the defendant’s neglect.”

Hazelbrook is out on bond, but a judge has ordered him not possess, own, transport or live with any animals, nor is he allowed to leave the state. Hazelbrook is considered to be at risk for re-offending – charges state:

“poses a risk for acquiring and neglecting more animals as he runs a transport business across state lines.”

Hazelbrook is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 25.

Find the charging documents here.

Prior article about this situation here.

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