Dog hung and left to die in Kiana, troopers seek witnesses
Alaska State Troopers are asking anyone with information about an animal cruelty case in Kiana to contact them.
Northwest Arctic Borough Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Chris Hatch responded to a report of animal cruelty at the intersection of Airport Road and Willow Street. He contacted Alaska State Troopers on Feb. 17 after finding a medium sized, mixed-breed dog hanging from a stop sign at the intersection.
“The animal had been hoisted up until its front feet [were off] the ground causing the dog to be strangled, then left hanging where it remained until it froze,” troopers said in a dispatch.
There was no information on the dog’s owners, according to Hatch.
“It’s… kind of on the main street, off the airport, in Kiana,” Hatch said of the area, adding that he’s never seen an incident like this in his three years as a VPSO. “No one was willing to speak up.”
The investigation by the VPSOs is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call local troopers at 442-3222.
Kiana is a small village located along the Kobuk River in northwest Alaska, northeast of Kotzebue.
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