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Alaska State Troopers: Cyrus the Rottweiler on the loose, accused of unwanted breeding

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published December 11, 2013

An Alaska State Troopers dispatch reported Tuesday that a feisty Rottweiler going by the name of "Cyrus" may be up to no good in the Interior Alaska community of Salcha, and remains at large. The dog is accused of -- but not charged with -- trespassing, breeding with another dog against its owner's wishes, and evading authorities.

According to the dispatch, Cyrus was reported missing from a residence on Schmauss Lane in Salcha on Nov. 23, then proceeded to enter a neighbor's property, "unrestrained and unsupervised." There, Cyrus allegedly bred with another dog of unspecified pedigree, which was tied up in the yard, before the neighbor caught Cyrus and proceeded to restrain the randy Rottweiler.

The neighbor reportedly attempted to contact animal control in the nearby city of Fairbanks, but animal control was unable to respond to the request to address the issue of the problematic pooch. After animal control did not arrive, Cyrus was reportedly released back into the community of about 1,100, which is home to a number of competitive mushers.

Alaska State Troopers were called in to continue the investigation, and the owner of the Rottweiler made an accusation that her dog had been stolen, according to troopers spokesperson Megan Peters. Troopers forwarded the case along to the Fairbanks District Attorney's office, which declined to prosecute.

"Dog owners are reminded that (Fairbanks North Star Borough) laws require animals to be on leash and/or restrained," troopers wrote. Anyone with information on Cyrus' whereabouts is asked to call the borough animal control. He is described only as "a male Rottweiler who answers to 'Cyrus'," and who presumably lives by his own set of rules.

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