Justice for More Than 150 Huskies Neglected in Alaska
  • Petitioned Roman Kalytiak

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District Attorney
Roman Kalytiak
District Judge
David Zwink
Attorney
Lindsey Burton

Justice for More Than 150 Huskies Neglected in Alaska

    1. Becky Breeding
    2. Petition by

      Becky Breeding

      Chugiak, AK

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January 2012

Victory

Last year, 157 emaciated, neglected dogs were confiscated from Alaska breeder Franch Rich. The local community wanted justice for this extreme animal cruelty. In addition to protesting at hearings, they were supported by more than 14,000 people who signed a petition on Change.org by local husky owner Becky Breeding. The support was so overwhelming that the judge mentioned at the sentencing that he had to call the IT department to help him handle the flood of emails from the petition. Frank Rich received the maximum sentence under Alaska law -- 6 months in jail and 10 years probation, during which time he can't own any dogs.

On, January 10th, animal control in the rural Alaska community of Matanuska-Susitna Borough (a.k.a. Mat-su), seized 157 emaciated dogs from breeder Frank Rich.

Veterinarian Katrina Zwolinski told the Anchorage Daily News that the husky/malamute dogs were all in horrible condition. "All of the dogs have long hair, and you can still see the hip bones. Their spines. Their ribs."

There were no food and water bowls in sight. Many of them had already eaten as much of the fresh snow as they could reach. Another 22 dead dogs were found on the property. 

Rich had quit his job in October and said it was a struggle to keep the dogs fed. But he admitted that he had not asked for help. Instead, he continued to breed dogs.

Unemployment is no excuse for letting dogs suffer and die. 

This isn't the first time Rich has been in trouble. In 2007, his kennel was cited for unsanitary conditions. He currently has a license pending to house 168 dogs.

Rich is facing 50 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Help make sure he's prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Photo credit: timo_w2s

 

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    1. Frank Rich Sentenced in High-Profile Animal Cruelty Case

      Becky Breeding
      Petition Organizer

      Finally. Just a little bit of justice. He did not get enough, but he got the max under current Alaska law. Six months in "jail" and 10 years of probation during which he cannot own dogs or be responsible for the care of any dogs. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition. The Judge mentioned during sentencing that he had to call the IT department to take care of the hundreds of emails he was getting when the petition was signed. Every voice counts...

    2. Next Court Date - Monday!

      Becky Breeding
      Petition Organizer

      It's Friday night and the next court date has not changed (yet). We have signs and we plan on being there! Here is the info for the Alaska people who are close enough to attend: Hearing Set: Event: Change of Plea: District Court Date: 01/23/2012 Time: 10:00 am Judge: Zwink, David L Location: Courtroom 5, Palmer Courthouse

      If you haven't already, please share the petition and let's bombard them with email. Thanks for your support!

    3. Rich does not change plea. Case to finally go to trial.

      Becky Breeding
      Petition Organizer

      We got some local news coverage and had a good showing at the courthouse. We are not going to forget or go away...

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Yet another postponement...

      Becky Breeding
      Petition Organizer

      Change of Plea: District Court 12/07/2011 14:30 16:00 Judge Zwink, David L
      Courtroom 5, Palmer Courthouse, 435 S Denali St Palmer

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. Latest Court Date (again)

      Becky Breeding
      Petition Organizer

      The next court date is now November 7th. Change of Plea: District Court, 10:00. Courtroom 5, Palmer Courthouse. 435 S Denali St. Palmer. Alaska

    8. Reached 2,500 signatures
    9. Case Re-scheduled Again

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Pre-Trial Conference: District Court Criminal 07/21/2011 13:15 15:00 Zwink, David
      Courtroom 5, Palmer Courthouse 435 S Denali St Palmer
      Trial Call: District Court Criminal (PD) 07/29/2011 09:00 10:30 Zwink, David L
      Courtroom 5, Palmer Courthouse

    10. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Mat-Su Borough ordered Frank Rich to forfeit ownership of all of his dogs. "Given the circumstances that the animals as a group were kept in, (it) is clear that Mr. Rich cannot be relied on to adequately care for any of these dogs if they are returned to him." It's a step in the right direction, but the dogs still deserve justice in the criminal trial. Please keep the pressure on the D.A. and the judge!

    11. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The new judge assigned to the case has a history of light sentencing for animal abusers. You can send a polite letter requesting the maximum sentence to: District Court Judge David Zwink, 435 South Denali Street, Palmer, AK 99645-6437

    12. Reached 2 signatures
    13. More Than 150 Starving Dogs Seized From Alaska Breeder

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Last weekend, animal control in the rural Alaska community of Matanuska-Susitna Borough (a.k.a. Mat-Su), received a tip that 75 dogs had died at the remote cabin of a husky/malamute breeder. Animal control was already familiar with Frank Rich — in...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kyla Hortaleza MANILA, PHILIPPINES
      • almost 3 years ago

      he shouldn't be able to be a licensed breeder of anything, let alone own an animal at all! we need justice

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    • Candy Rotering CHINO VALLEY, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      He must never be allowed to own any animal again!

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    • Beate Grobecker RECKLINGHAUSEN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      this man should not be allowed to keep animals - not a single one

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    • animal lover CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      this saddens me so much please please help these beautiful dogs have justice. hope rich is prosectued to the full extent of the law

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    • Nakayla Benton KAMLOOPS, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because animal cruelty is disgusting

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