ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage animal shelter is asking for donated supplies from the public after taking in more than 100 new cats, dogs and parakeets over the weekend from two animal-cruelty cases Saturday.
Brooke Taylor with the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center says an Eagle River case produced 39 dogs including many Chihuahuas and more than 40 parakeets, all of which the center is providing care for. Lester Mendez, 46, and Daniel Hoffman, 50, were each arrested on two counts of animal cruelty after police found dog feces throughout their home, which city officials have forbidden anyone to live in.
In the second case, APD spokesperson Anita Shell says a Salana-area man was cited for animal cruelty when 22 cats were discovered without food, water or bedding in four crates inside a broken car on the 6300 block of Nielson Way.
Shell says 58-year-old James Hershberger, who was living in a nearby Conex-style building with a dog and a space heater, told officers he would start up the car in the evening and let it warm up, then shut it down overnight. He also used a space heater at times, and put a down sleeping bag in the vehicle.