Mat-Su animal shelter needs help with seized dogs

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

ANCHORAGE — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough animal shelter is trying to find homes for nearly 160 starving dogs found at the home of a breeder.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the shelter near Palmer is seeking donations and volunteers to help care for the animals until they are adopted.

Troopers found 16 dogs dead on Monday and arrested 53-year-old Frank J. Rich. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty charges.

Veterinarian Katrina Zwolinski said the surviving dogs are in horrible condition from being malnourished.

The dogs appear to be a mix of Siberian huskies and malamutes being bred as pets, not for mushers.

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