Flooded villages seek help feeding dogs

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Yukon River villages ravaged by flooding this month are sending out appeals for help for their four-legged companions.

The fire chief in Tanana, Mark Haglin, said there is a heavy need for dog food.

There are at least six racing dog teams in his community and each kennel averages 40 to 60 dogs.

Emergency officials say water rose so quickly in some villages there was little time to rescue food supplies.

Arlan DeYoung of the Alaska Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster says dogs need about a pound of dry food per day.

The group works with the State Emergency Coordination Center.

Tanana musher Pat Moore lost his fish camp and with it, his dog food supply.

In Stevens Village, flood water wiped out dog yards.

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