Three dogs that were living in a car in East Anchorage for months were taken into protective custody on Tuesday.

Anchorage Animal Care and Control Spokeswoman Laura Atwood said the dogs were taken for "safe keeping" after Anchorage Police took their owner, a homeless woman, to a medical facility for mental health treatment. She said the woman was cooperative with authorities and was not issued any citations by animal control.

According to Atwood, animal control officers have responded to more than two dozen complaints about the situation from concerned citizens over the summer and fall, but on each visit, it appeared the animals were receiving adequate care under the Municipal code known as Title 17 that governs animal care. Atwood said the dogs also looked to be in good condition on Tuesday.

The animals will remain in protective custody at AACC for at least the next five days. Atwood said the owner will have the opportunity to get her dogs back, but she may have to pay some fines.

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