The controversy over Olympic Animal Sanctuary and its owner, Steve Markwell, divided the town of Forks, Washington, for more than a year. To those of us watching, it seemed like it could go on forever, the anger and hurt only getting deeper and deeper as Markwell holed up in his compound with almost 130 dogs.
And then, unexpectedly, it ended. Not with the bang that we were all expecting, but with the proverbial whimper. In December, Markwell crammed 124 dogs into a semitrailer truck, drove them more than 1,300 miles to Golden Valley, Arizona, and turned them over to Guardians of Rescue, a New York-based rescue organization. Since then, there have been no reports of Markwell’s whereabouts.