Anchorage Woman Convicted on Animal Cruelty Charges
Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center to feature low cost adoption of cats in custody due to this cruelty case
Contact: Brooke Taylor, AACCC
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An Anchorage woman has been sentenced after being convicted of animal cruelty charges. Her sentence includes the forfeiture of all animals in her possession, a 180-day suspended jail sentence, fines, and 80 hours of community service. A restitution hearing is still to be scheduled.
Deborah Allen was found guilty of 32 counts of animal cruelty after Animal Care and Control Officers and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) found 23 cats, eight dogs and a bird living in unsanitary and inhumane conditions in her Sand Lake home. Allen was also convicted on cruelty charges related to her local cat-rescue non profit, Chateau Pampered Purr where more than 50 animals were found.
Many cats were found with respiratory problems, eye and nose discharge, and other signs of illness. There were dogs with matted, dirty fur, and severe skin infections. APD Detective Jackie Conn, the charging officer in this case, was present when the animals were found. “There was very little light, no air flow, very smelly. You could tell immediately it was not a good situation,” says Conn of Allen’s home. “Yes, people’s intentions may start out good, but they end up being overwhelmed, and don’t care for them properly. People that profess to be there to help animals, and then allow conditions to get to this point, it makes me angry. These animals have suffered and now the person responsible will be held accountable.”
“We want Anchorage residents to understand that collecting animals and not providing appropriate care for them is not only illegal, it is unsafe and unhealthy”, said Dr. Myra Wilson, Manager of the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center. “Resources are available through our center that can help people who find themselves with more animals than they can properly care for; we also urge citizens to report situations where they know or suspect that animals are being held in unsanitary or overcrowded conditions.”
Reduced Cost Adoptions
In an effort to find homes for the extraordinary number of cats Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center (AACCC) now has, it will offer discounted adoptions for these animals. Rabies and vaccination fees for cats from Allen’s home and the Chateau Pampered Purr shelter are waived, making the cost of adopting a spayed or neutered cat $27 and $107 for an unsterilized cat (with $80 refunded upon proof of sterilization).
Due to Allen’s lack of humane care, potential adopters need to realize some of the animals may have special needs that could require additional veterinary care and financial commitments. They may also have symptoms that could be contagious to cats already owned by adopters, such as upper respiratory infections. As there are many animals involved in this case, it may take some time for AACCC to follow up with interested adopters.
“We are hoping there are some special adopters out there willing to take in a cat that has endured a lot, but still has plenty to offer. They may have special needs but that doesn’t make them any less special!” states AACCC Kennel Manager Sue Mayo.
For more information on adopting a cat that was affected by this cruelty case, please contact Anchorage Animal Care and Control at 343-8138. Adoption information for animals at the Center is also available online at www.muni.org/animal.