Two very different stories have emerged after a dog was shot last week in a South Anchorage neighborhood, with the dog's owners accusing the shooter of planning the attack, and the shooter saying he was simply trying to defend himself and his child.

Alaska Dispatch News

Anchorage Animal Care and Control says it has seen a reduction in the number of animals that come into the shelter and the length of the stay for those that come in.

Jill Burke

Carole Holley took home Cheevers, a Schnauzer mix, from Anchorage Animal Care and Control on March 25.

Marc Lester
On the right day, Anchorage’s dog pound seems like an abandoned hotel. No barking. No animals. Just a quiet facility void of adoptable pets. What’s going on?Jill Burke
Sammy the Wonder Pony wasn't always his name, but he earned it. Clara Miller | Juneau Empire
Pet poisoning is very serious so let’s test how much we know: Try to rank the Top 10 toxins most commonly ingested by pets as reported by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (answers at end):
Here’s a date to put on your dog-loving calendar — Saturday, April 16, 2016, is Scoop the Poop Day in Anchorage. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will be on hand at two of the city’s most popular unleashed dog parks — University Lake and Connor’s Bog — to assist the public in getting a winter’s worth of neglect off the trails.

Nigel, the 8-year-old orange tabby, was found nearly a month after he went missing in central California during a cross-country road trip. His owner, Katie Robb, picked him up from the Fairbanks International Airport on March 5.

Laurel Andrews
Nigel, an 8-year-old orange tabby, was found in a California auto shop where he had disappeared in early February. Nigel’s owner, Katie Robb, wrote that she was in “pure shock” when the shop called to say Nigel had been found. Laurel Andrews
Family dogs are just as amazing as Iditarod dogs. They may not be elite athletes. But they are elite companions, loyal, loving and with you for life. Jill Burke
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