Anchorage Animal Control Deals With Influx Of Rescues

Anchorage’s animal control facility is coping with rescue dogs and cats, even parakeets from two animal cruelty cases.

Two Eagle River men arrested Saturday have been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.   50-year-old Daniel Hoffman and 46-year-old Lester Mendez were brought to the attention of the police when a maintenance man entered their rental property and found kennels stacked to the ceiling.   There were also multiple cages of parakeets in the home, according to APD spokesperson Anita Schell.

Schell says there was no heat in the house. That same day, a second case of cruelty involving 22 cats was discovered.

Animal control spokesperson  Brooke Taylor says the city shelter is asking for help with supplies.

Taylor says she is not able to comment on the details of the case, pending a police investigation. She says staff veterinarians are working with the animals to determine their health.

She says the legal aspects of the case prevent the dogs, cats and parakeets involved from being adopted at this time.

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