FORKS –– Four knocks on the door jamb from Steve Markwell’s big right hand quiets the barking dogs inside the pink warehouse that houses his Olympic Animal Sanctuary.
Inside the door is 125 dogs, many of which have been condemned to death.
“We save dogs you’d rather see dead” is the motto of the sanctuary.
Criticism over the condition in which those dogs are being kept has fallen hard on Markwell over the past year. A petition has been circulated to city, county and state officials demanding the sanctuary’s closure.