"Freedom" is a Husky that has been living on the streets of Soldotna, Alaska for the last 14 months. Freedom does not bother anyone. She has not bitten anyone nor does she fit the City Ordinance definition of a "vicious dog."
Yet according to a Facebook page set up in her honor, called Save Freedom, the police were chasing her “with weapons of unknown type last night.”
Please sign petition below.
The Facebook page tells her story. It says while living life as a stray, city authorities, including the Chief of Police and Animal Control, have made little to no attempt to humanely capture her. So a collaborative effort for her safe rescue has been in the works for the past five months. Volunteers from Straw for Dogs, Mojo's Hope and Red Shed Racing helped get the attention of Dr. Scott Amsel, D.V.M., who agreed to travel to Alaska to save Freedom.
Dr. Amsel is an expert in chemical capture. Chemical capture typically involves the use of anesthetic drugs to immobilize an animal for the purpose of capturing it.
However, on Wednesday, five days before Dr. Amsel was scheduled to arrive, Soldotna’s Chief of Police Peter Mlynarik forbid the rescue to take place, according to Save Freedom. They say “for 14 months the City of Soldotna has done little to address calls and other efforts to help humanly capture Freedom. The authorities have overlooked her, for months they sloughed off requests for help claiming they lack the proper equipment and sharp skills required to dart the dog and capture her safely.”
Now both Dr. Amsel's offer to help capture her and his offer to train local authorities with the proper and safe use of darting equipment have been rejected.
Instead, according to Save Freedom, Chief Mlynarik stated his intention is to "take whatever means necessary to get this dog off the streets."
Freedom does not deserve to be killed, she has done nothing wrong and has hurt no one.
Sign the petition: Please Help Rescue Freedom!
The Save Freedom page is asking for help, before the local police kill the dog. Their Facebook page reads:
PLEASE HELP FREEDOM Share Her Story - Bring Public Support for FREEDOM!
PLEASE - Cut and Paste the following Statement and Email it to our elected officials:
I am NOT in support of the current position of the Soldotna Police Chief Mlynarik regarding capture of the dog known within the community as FREEDOM. I urge you, as an elected official, to intervene on behalf of FREEDOM before she is killed or harmed. I AM in support of the Soldotna Police Department collaborating with Dr. Scott Amsel D.V.M. a trained and experienced expert in Chemical Capture Methods. Dr. Amsel has offered to do this at no cost to the City and is willing to train SPD personnel for future hard to catch dogs at large - also at no cost to the City.
Please Title Your email "SAVE FREEDOM"
SEND YOUR EMAILS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
Call Senator Peter Micciche toll-free: 800-964-5733
Call the Governor at 907-465-3500 and Lieutenant Governor at 907-465-3520
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