I was extremely upset and disturbed after reading about the man who was sentenced to serve 300 days in jail for using a rifle to knock out his dog's teeth. The dog was so badly injured that he had to endure two surgeries and have all of his teeth on one side pulled out.
Why did the man do it? He claimed the dog, Harley, bit him repeatedly and that Anchorage Animal Care and Control should have a better system to screen dogs for adoption. Does that give this man any right to stab Harley repeatedly with the rifle, shoving the barrel into the dog's mouth?
Harley, a Rottweiler mix, passed behavioral evaluations before being adopted by the man and the dog has not shown any signs of aggression in his new foster home.
The court did not take this case lightly and the judge ordered the man to serve 300 days in jail, 10 years of probation, 160 hours of community service and pay restitution for Harley's treatment and care.
I urge everyone in the community to report any sign of animal neglect or abuse. Animal abuse should NOT be tolerated. Period.