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Case ID: 7080
Classification: Beating, Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Aug 31, 1991

County: Anchorage

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Frank Walter Winkler

In September 1991, Frank Winkler, a two-time Iditarod racer, was charged with 14 counts of cruelty to animals after an animal control officer, summoned by Winkler's neighbor, found a crate of dead and dying puppies in Winkler's pickup truck. Winkler, who claimed he couldn't afford to take the animals to a veterinarian to be euthanized, allegedly bludgeoned the puppies with the blunt end of an ax. According to court documents, Winkler said that he shot some of the dogs, a "kinder" method, according to veterinarians, and was just following advice from fellow mushers.


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