Vancouver man and Longview woman in court facing animal cruelty and drug charges

Cairns asked detectives if they could remove Walters’ puppy from the car, which she said was in the trunk, according to the affidavit. A detective noted in the affidavit that he had not seen anyone access the trunk since police arrived two hours earlier. Court records also note that it was 70 degrees outside that day and the car was not running during that time.

“When Detective Fields and Detective Vejo opened the trunk of the vehicle, they were shocked at what they observed,” the affidavit reads.

Detectives found a gray pup inside a softshell storage container with zip ties holding the zippers closed. A drill also weighed down the bag. They could see the pup’s muzzle through a small opening in the bag, and he seemed to be panting heavily. The pup also seemed too small for its age, and detectives noted a strong smell of urine, according to court records.

Detectives removed the puppy and gave him food and water. The pup appeared extremely thirsty and hungry, according to court records.

The vehicle was towed away so officers could search it for evidence of drug violations and animal cruelty, and Walters and Cairns were released. Inside the car, investigators found 80 fentanyl tablets, 500 Xanax tablets and 14.6 grams of methamphetamine. Detectives also searched the couple’s phones and allegedly found messages arranging for the sale of drugs, the affidavit states.

Officers re-arrested Walters and Cairns Thursday afternoon and questioned them. They both allegedly admitted to distributing drugs, according to court records.