Official recommends dog be killed following attack

May 16, 2013 -- 9:10am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - 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. The Anchorage Daily News says the girl was unresponsive when medics arrived. The child was flown by helicopter from Berkowitz's Apex Kennels to an Anchorage hospital.

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