Pet rescue appeals license revocation, continues to operate
A facility that houses homeless animals has appealed the denial of their commercial facility license, an Anchorage Animal Care and Control spokeswoman confirmed.
Coshok’s Canine Castle was denied its license by AACC in October after unsanitary conditions were discovered following the release of an undercover video recorded at the facility. Additionally, spokeswoman Laura Atwood said the AACC had received 67 complaints about the facility since 2007 — 47 of which were within the last three years.
Beverly Ausick, who runs Coshok’s, said the issues pointed out by AACC included a hole in a wall caused by a dog and an unkempt bathing area.
“We feel this was fair and have already cleaned the bathing room up — it was mostly hair,” she said in an earlier statement regarding the complaints.
The group had 15 days to appeal the decision or find new homes for the animals in their care, according to AACC’s Laura Atwood. Facilities like Coshok’s are required to renew their licenses every year, according to municipal code.
“At this time no date is set for the hearing. They are allowed to operate pending the appeal,” Atwood said in an email.
Coshok’s has worked closely with the Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) group, and both are run, at least in part, by Ausick, but Ausick insists the two are separate entities. AARF has not been fined or faced other actions in connection with the case against Coshok’s.
Since the decision to deny Coshok’s license, AARF has begun efforts to establish its own animal housing facility. The group has raised nearly half of its stated goal of $20,000 through an online fundraiser.
KTVA 11’s Bonney Bowman contributed to this report.
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