Olympic Animal Sanctuary owner's whereabouts still unknown

Peninsula Daily News

FORKS –– Where is Steve Markwell?

The most recent reports on Markwell come from the end of December when he took 124 dogs from his Forks shelter to Golden Valley, Ariz., and handed them over to New York-based Guardians of Rescue.

Markwell has not returned Peninsula Daily News calls requesting comment since Dec. 21, the day he left Forks with the dogs from the Olympic Animal Sanctuary inside a 53-foot semitrailer.

Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, said he didn't know where Markwell was headed when he left Arizona.

Residents of Forks say they haven't seen him.

Markwell could be arrested on a bench warrant, issued for Jan. 2, after he failed to appear in court on a charge of malicious mischief for allegedly kicking the car of a protester outside his sanctuary Dec. 10.

The website for Olympic Animal Sanctuary, which was founded in 2004, has been replaced with a notice saying the sanctuary “has dissolved and we are no longer raising funds or accepting donations in Washington state. Thanks for your past support.”

Last modified: January 16. 2014 7:37PM
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