Kenai Peninsula Borough's lack of animal control a disgrace

Posted: Monday, April 04, 2005

Is it not past the time for the Kenai Borough to take on their responsibilities of animal control? As a second class borough, they should be doing so and enough is enough. They have the reputation of letting someone else take care of their messes. For shame!

To name a few, the cases handled by the Alaska Equine Rescue, the Collies from Nikiski rescued in Shelby Montana by authorities, the Stormo dogs by the Alaska SPCA and several rescues by Tim Colbath of Extended Life Sanctuary. These are just a few of the large ones and does not address the smaller rescues which I could name here but it would take several pages.

Quite frankly, I am personally disgusted with the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In years past, I traveled to many growing areas, two of which were Kenai and Soldotna, to help the start of their animal control programs. In fact, I prepared the first Animal Control Program budget for the Anchorage Borough in 1967.

As a 45-year resident and as a retired professional from the field of aviation, I continue to be appalled at how the sled dog is mistreated. It was aviation, horses and the dogs that helped to build Alaska. It is hig htime to honor the horses and dogs, too!

Ethel D. Christensen, Anchorage

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