Dori: Olympia Toy-Restorer Ordered By County To Evict Disabled Friend From His Property
With nine sprawling acres he owns off old Highway 101 in Thurston County, Don Wolph felt like he had enough land. Not only is there room for his long-time toy refurbishment business – OlyToys – he thought there was also room to help a friend with a disability who needed a free parking space and live in his 30 foot motorhome.
That was until county officials discovered the RV, Wolph told The Dori Monson Show.
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Now, Wolph told Dori listeners, Thurston County officials have told him that he and his 47-year-old wife have to evict their friend because “she can’t live on my property longer than 30 days.”
It shocked Wolph, who couldn’t understand why abandoned motorhomes lined many local streets – many for months – as his private property was targeted.
“It’s selective enforcement,” Wolfh said.
It started when doctors responded to her property in February when her friend, Tammy Town, suffered a heart attack. Once inside her RV, rescuers found 13 Shih Tzu – small breed dogs she had brought with her from Centralia, where she was a licensed breeder.
This prompted a call to Thurston County Animal Services because the city license did not transfer with his move. Wolph and Town responded by “rehoming six” of the dogs. The others were moved from the motorhome into a 150ft dog park built by Wolph.
Wolph told Dori that he made sure Town’s RV was powered by an extension cord he hooked up; a longer cord would be a fire hazard, he says. He also regularly fills his water and propane tanks and dumps his waste water into his septic tank.
“She needs help. She has trouble walking,” Wolph said, adding that volunteers take her on kidney dialysis three times a week.
“It’s not right,” Wolph, 70, told Dori of the county’s response. “She is disabled. It would only throw her on the road.
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