Crime & Courts

Police: Anchorage man hung ‘lifeless’ dog from fence by its leash

An Anchorage man seen "dragging and strangling a black dog" was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday, police said.

Christopher Baker, 39, was seen abusing the dog around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Eagle Street near downtown, according to an Anchorage Police Department statement.

When officers arrived, Baker was "hanging the lifeless Labrador from a wooden fence via a leash around its neck," police said.

Baker was combative with officers as he was taken into custody, APD said. He was eventually tased.

The dog survived after officers took it to an animal hospital, police said.

Baker faces charges of cruelty to animals and resisting arrest, according to police.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.