Sterling woman agrees to give up nearly all her neglected dogs

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2001

STERLING (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula woman agreed Wednesday to give up nearly all her neglected dogs after a search of her property turned up four dead animals.

Carolyn Boughton, 56, signed over ownership of all but five of the dogs to a volunteer with the Anchorage Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Boughton will keep two dogs, Alaska State Trooper said.

Two of the five dogs belong to someone else and one will be put up for adoption through other channels.

Volunteers with the SPCA were to begin removing the animals Thursday.

Troopers had given Boughton until Friday to provide adequate food and shelter for between 45 and 60 dogs Boughton kept on property she was renting on Spruce Road in Sterling.

A search of the property revealed that as many as 30 dogs were being housed in an old bus that reeked of urine and feces and was poorly ventilated. Two dogs in the bus were dead after being attacked by other dogs. Two dogs were found dead outside.

All the dogs in Boughton's care were malnourished. Conditions indicated that she had not been providing daily care for the animals.

Troopers were forwarding the case to the Kenai Peninsula District Attorney's office for review. A charge of animal cruelty is punishable by a maximum $5,000 fine and one year in jail.

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