Eagle River men charged with animal cruelty

An Anchorage Animal control officer loads dogs into an animal control truck in Eagle River on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Approximately 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house in Eagle River off of Hanson Drive.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrest one of two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrest one of two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. APD Officer Dave Parker loads cages of Parakeets in the police car. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Animal Control Officer Perry Smith carries one to the dogs to his truck. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Perry Smith and Eric Jonsen, with Animal Control, load a dog into the truck. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Tony Barrett, with the Anchorage Public Health Department, loads dogs in the his vehicle. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. APD Officer Dave Parker loads cages of Parakeets in the police car. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Animal Control Officer Perry Smith carries one to the dogs to his truck. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Animal Control Officer Eric Jonsen enters the home. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Animal Control Officer Eric Jonsen carries one of the dogs in it's kennel. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police arrested two residents of a home off of Hanson Drive in Eagle River after about 35 dogs and multiple cages of parakeets were found in the feces filled house on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The animals were seized by Anchorage Animal Control.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

When maintenance man Robert Jones was finally allowed into the rental property off Hanson Drive in Eagle River on Saturday, the broken pipe he came to fix was a minor problem compared to what he found in the home.

"It was horrible in there, it was horrendous, you would not believe it," Jones said. "Kennels were stacked to the ceiling with 4 inches of poop in places."

About 35 dogs were in the home, most of them in the kennels. Along with the dogs were multiple cages of parakeets, Jones said.

Anchorage Police arrested two residents of the home and charged them with two counts each of animal cruelty.

Police spokesman Lt. David Parker identified them as Daniel Hoffman, 50, and Lester Mendez, 46.

Animal control officers, a public health official and police officers ferried the dogs and birds to the city's animal shelter Saturday night.



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