Man pleads no contest to shooting dogs

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2001

NOME (AP) -- A man who confessed to shooting three sled dogs in area dog lots could receive up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

Floyd Anderson, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced April 12, according to the Nome Nugget. Anderson pleaded no contest and was found guilty of one count of criminal mischief

Nome Superior Court Judge Ben Esch said the people of Nome have a right to be very upset over the shootings. The dogs included a 10-month-old puppy and a 10-year-old house dog.

Diane Adams, who owed two of the dogs, said one was shot repeatedly in the face. She was found on the ground, frozen in her own blood. The other crawled back in his doghouse and was found convulsing the next day.

''These were live creatures. They were doing no harm to him. Truly, it borderlined on evil,'' Adams told the judge.

District Attorney John Vacek said Anderson has exhibited violent behavior in the past and is prone to periods of extensive drinking. Anderson was previously convicted of disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated.

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