Dog-napped by humane society

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009

We came to Juneau from Haines last week for the Folk Festival. Over the past couple of years, we have made Juneau a vacation spot, coming down 3 to 4 times a year to hike, snowshoe, shop and eat out. This year was our first Folk Festival, and we brought our 9-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix with us.

She is a friendly, well kept dog, walked on leash and wearing tags. This trip, we had some extra time downtown waiting for the singer/songwriter event to start. We walked around in the rain and decided to get out of the rain for a little while at the library. We tied our friendly dog to the bike rack on the side of the library. There were no bikes or people on the street and we were not planning on being very long.

After 35 minutes, we came down to find the leash and a note that Animal Control had picked our dog up for being tied up on a public street. Apparently that is illegal, but we did not know. No one we knew in Haines or Juneau ever mentioned that law to us, nor seems to know about it after hearing our story. We never saw any signs or indication of this law in Juneau, at the ferry, or any public place.

The reason we did not leave the dog in the car at that time was because the car was full of hundreds of dollars of goods bought in Juneau - food, clothing, books, boat parts - and we wanted to give her a little break. The fee to get her released was $100. The more upsetting part was that the Gastineau Humane Society was not going to release her without seeing her papers, which were in Haines.

It was a very emotional experience for us and has soured us a bit on Juneau. Her tags stated she was from Haines. This experience has made us feel unwelcome and a little nervous to bring our dog back to Juneau.

Alexandra Feit


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