Anchorage, AK — Anchorage Animal Care and Control seized more than 30 dogs and about 50 parakeets in an Eagle River home on Saturday.
Anchorage police and the health department helped in the animal rescue.
Lester Mendez,46, and Daniel Hoffman,50, who lived in the home, were arrested on animal cruelty charges. APD Lt. Dave Parker says they each face two counts of animal cruelty, one count for each species. The arrests come after police and animal control responded to a tip from a maintenance worker, who had been called to the home to check on a heating problem.
Parker says the house was filled with dog feces and he called the conditions horrible. The health department has forbidden anyone to live there.
Animal control has taken in the dogs and birds, however the health conditions of the animals may take a few days to determine, says Brooke Taylor with Animal Control.