Sled Dog Awaits Fate After Attack

The head of the Mat-Su Borough animal control division is recommending that a sled dog belonging to Iditarod musher Jake Berkowitz be killed after the husky attacked and seriously injured a 2-year-old girl in Big Lake.

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ANCHORAGE- The head of the Mat-Su Borough animal control division is recommending that a sled dog belonging to Iditarod musher Jake Berkowitz be killed after the husky attacked and seriously injured a 2-year-old girl in Big Lake.

Berkowitz's attorney says the musher plans to fight to the keep the dog, Wizard, who is under quarantine at the borough animal shelter.

Attorney Myron Angstman says there was no reason for the child to be in the kennel last Friday.

Mike Patterson, an attorney for the family of Elin Shuck, says the girl had been at the dog yard before.

A published report says the girl was unresponsive when medics arrived. The child was flown by helicopter from Berkowitz's Apex Kennels to an Anchorage hospital.

The dog will remain in quarantine at the Mat-Su Animal Care shelter until a mid June hearing to determine its fate.

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AKhiker said on Thursday, Jun 27 at 1:02 PM

Jennifer Lindquist, the totally irresponsible mother of Elin Shuck should be charged with child endangerment for being so irresponsible and outright dangerous in taking 3 small children to a massive outdoor dog kennel and letting 2 children wander free while she focuses on the infant she's carrying and the dog she's walking. if you're too cheap to hire a babysitter to keep your kids safe, you don't go play at in a place that's unsafe for small children. Do you go to a parking lot or gun range and let your kids run free? That would be 10x's safer than letting your kids run wild among dozens of sled dogs. You could slaughter every dog in that kennel but it wouldn't make Jennifer Lindquist a fit parent unless she changes drastically.

outdoorslass@aol.com said on Saturday, Jun 22 at 12:32 AM

The child's mother was grossly negligent in allowing her children to roam around in a dog yard. Anybody with half a brain knows that this would be dangerous and put a child at risk. I hope Child Protection services gets involved and removes these children from this mother's home. Taking a 1 year old and a 2 year old through a dog yard is just asking for trouble; sled dogs don't distinguish between prey and very young children.

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