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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:35 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — It hardly seems necessary to say that it is cruel to abandon an animal at one of the transfer sites, but stories like the one I heard Wednesday make me realize that the message bears repeating.

The borough animal shelter has a 24-hour drop off location with heated cages. If you have a dog or cat you do not wish to take care of anymore for whatever reason, take the animal there. Do not treat the animal like a piece of trash.

On Tuesday about noon, Bill and Sherry Perry of North Pole found an abandoned black dog chained near the rear of the North Pole transfer site. She said the dog had about 18 inches in which it could move. They figured it had been there overnight and was suffering in the cold. It had no food or water. It was friendly, but sick.

Sherry and Bill took the dog, which was 8 to 10 years old, to the North Pole Veterinary Hospital, where doctors and staff donated time to treat the animal in hopes of saving it. 

They determined the 50-pound dog was suffering from several problems. The dog was euthanized later in the day because of its deteriorating condition. Among his other ailments, his bladder was not operating properly.

Perhaps the dog would have died anyway, but the humane thing would have been for the owner to take the animal to the animal shelter instead of leaving him out in the cold.

There are signs at the transfer sites asking people not to abandon their pets, but there are people who ignore those signs with dogs, cats and other animals. The thing to emphasize here is the animal shelter is a much better place to abandon an animal, if that is what you decide to do.

When animals are brought to local vets, the animals are considered wards of the borough, with the goal of getting the animal back to its owner or to a new home.

The vet typically contacts the animal shelter for direction on medical treatments.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Fairbanks Sweet Adelines and the Great Land Sounds will be singing Friday and Saturday, highlighting the “Sound of Christmas” at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.

The concerts are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, military and seniors. Children younger than

6 are free.

Get tickets from any chorus member, at the door or call Betsy at



PIONEER PARTY: The Pioneers of Alaska are hosting their annual Christmas Dinner and Dance Dec. 10 at the Pioneer Park Civic Center. Tickets are $22 and available at the Pioneer Museum and at the Ornamentry, Judi Grahek’s Christmas shop on Pioneer Way.

The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30.


ELECTION RESULTS: I enjoy reading about the also-rans in the Denali Borough elections.

The borough releases details about everyone who gets at least one vote. In Fairbanks, local government does not publicize the names of the one-vote wonders.

But in the recent Denali elections, I see “Toby the Dog” picked up one vote in the race for Assembly Seat A.

Gordon Carlson won the race with 54 votes, while John Doe, Allen Glore, Martin Caress and Armeda Bulard each picked up one vote.

In the race for Seat C, Amber Renshaw won with 255 votes, a full 254 votes ahead of “Not Amber Renshaw,” who had one supporter.

Most of the 72 individuals who received one vote are real people. Kris Capps, the News-Miner columnist, received one vote for School Board Seat B. I’m guessing she did not vote for herself.

Contact Dermot Cole at 459-7530.

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