David Williford Collected Animals from Craigslist to Torture and Kill

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Animal control officers arrested an Olympia, Washington man on Friday after discovering found dozens of animals, both dead and alive, in his blood-splattered home.

KOMO 4 News reported yesterday that David Williford was charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty in a case that the Thurston County Prosecutor is calling “the worst case of animal abuse she’s ever seen.” Animal control officers have accused Williford of collecting animals from Craigslist and then starving, torturing, and consuming them.

Williford’s home contained dozens of abused animals, including dogs, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. According to Deputy Prosecutor Christen Anton Peters, the home was “like a scene from a horror movie, complete with blood spatters, filth and carcasses.”

KING 5 News reported yesterday that the home on Cooper Point Road in Olympia contained more than 20 dead animals, some of which were hanging from the walls. During the investigation, authorities stated that they rescued dozens of additional animals who survived the ordeal, but they were “desperate for food and water.”

Earlier this month, officials seized dog rabbits, two dogs, and three rats from his home.

Williford’s arrest came after a veterinarian’s discovery that one of the deceased guinea pigs had been killed by blunt force trauma. The veterinarian determined that this animal had “experienced undue suffering” in its death.

According to investigators, Williford told the animals’ former owners that he “wanted to rescue” their pets – but Craigslist is no place to put your animals. The investigators stated that Williford told them that he actually intended to eat the animals, and while Williford’s attorney called the home “simply an unsanitary slaughterhouse,” animal control officers could not find evidence of anyone consuming the animals.

Deputy Prosecutor Peters stated:

I’ve seen many cases of animal cruelty in my career as a prosecutor. This is clearly the most disturbing case that I have ever reviewed.”

Williford, who has no prior convictions, is charged with six counts of animal abuse in the first degree and six counts of animal abuse in the second degree. He is being held on $150,000 bail at the Thurston County Jail.

The surviving dogs who were taken from Williford’s home have found new homes and the rats and rabbits should be available for adoption in March. Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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Fred’s Note; “At his house just outside of Olympia on Cooper Pointe Road, court records say he kept several dogs upstairs in the attic in cages with absolutely no light, no water, no food, and no warm bedding. When they were rescued, court records say they jumped into the arms of animal control officers.”

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  1. Animals are not piece of clothing or furniture.dont belong on craigs list..you put them on Craigslist you just as guilty,.cold and heartless also

  2. That’s a dam shame put that bastered in prison for the rest of his life don’t let him out cause he will do this again leave him in prison for the rest of his life.

  3. I agree that he should be held accountable for what he’s done and Craig’s list should not carry ads for animals for free or adoption but…some of you have gone mad….really shoot his mother and father for raising him…wow how long do or are parents responsible for their grown children’s actions?

  4. Yeah,Michelle, Greigs list is famous for torture a killing animals, murderers, rapist, animal killers a all kinds of nasty human trash is on graigslist

  5. I feel like I would love to put that person on fire and watch him slowly burn and suffer the way these poor animals did lord please forgive me but the son of a b**** needs it

  6. A basuras humanas como estas deben practicarles la EUTANASIA, estas basuras deben dejar de existir en el mundo! Enfermos, sin sentimientos sobran y hay que erradicarlos, porque ni terapias ni encarcelarlos y luego dejarlos libres en la sociedad les hará cambiar su naturaleza!

  7. Is a shame that this piece of trash called him self human
    Is horrific to think about what scums, a COWARDS like him do to animals, it is so damm sickening just to think about it
    We have so MANY upcoming mass murderers in this generation is a scary doubt
    This piece of vomit has to be hangt publicly befor ,, It” does harm to humans as well to more innocent poor, defenseless living beings

  8. Sick mother f*cker!!!! Lock him up in prison with a guy that has NO possible of parole and that is a Animal lover and see what happens!!! Dead man waking!!! Got to stop guys like this cuz next he will be killing people too. Makes me so fricken mad!

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