Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood. Officers on Wednesday also found a dog at the home that had died.

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Anchorage Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Laura Atwood says the animal control office received a tip by email that the dogs were being neglected.

“The dogs were brought here to Anchorage Animal Care and Control Wednesday evening,” Atwood said. “They are in our care, they are being seen by a veterinarian today, and they are being cared for by our kennel staff. ”

Officers accompanied by Alaska State Troopers visited the home Wednesday afternoon. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says the matter is under investigation, and that Troopers will have no further comment until the investigation is complete. No charges have been filed.

Atwood says that when officers reached the home, there was no owner present.

“To the best of my knowledge, the owner was not present when the dog was taken.”

She would not say how the dead dog died.

Atwood says Anchorage Animal Care and Control is ready to help if there is any suspicion of cruelty or neglect of domestic animals.