Tacoma man suspected of dog-fighting faces more animal cruelty charges

One of the dozens of dogs seized on Elmer Givens' property since 2019 (Photo courtesy Pierce County Sheriff's Office/Animal Control)

A Tacoma man who's had more than 100 dogs seized from his property over the past 14 months was arrested again Wednesday evening after authorities took 23 more dogs.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s office said Elmer James Givens Jr., 41, was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail. He's facing 75 charges of animal cruelty and animal fighting. 

Deputies found 23 dogs in the 9000 block of Portland Ave E just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. One of the dogs is receiving emergency medical treatment, authorities said.

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Authorities removed 84 dogs from Givens’ property in previous animal cruelty cases, bringing the total to 107 dogs.

Elmer Givens (Q13 News photo)

The first time investigators removed dogs from his property, they found paraphernalia associated with dogfighting and breeding at the home, including medications, syringes, first-aid supplies and training tools.

Givens has maintained his innocence and tried in January to get the dogs back, but a judge refused his request and said he couldn't prove that he could keep the animals safe. 

Givens appeared in Pierce County court Thursday. A judge set his bail at $150,000, and he's not allowed to own or breed dogs if he posts bond. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.