Alaska officials removing more than 130 dogs

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough animal care workers say they’re removing more than 130 dogs from the home of a breeder in the Montana Creek area.

KTUU reports that an Alaska State Troopers’ investigation found that most of the dogs at the home of 53-year-old Frank Rich of Willow were malnourished and dehydrated.

The station reports that 22 dogs were found dead on the property north of Anchorage.

Troopers arrested Rich for investigation of 50 counts of animal cruelty.

In a statement Monday, Mat-Su Borough Animal Care and Regulation Manager Richard Stockdale said the dogs were being removed because of lack of care. Stockdale adds that most are “emaciated and dehydrated.”

The dogs, described as huskies and malamutes, are being transported to a borough shelter.

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