NINE DOGS THAT were due to be put down at Carrick Dog Shelter earlier this afternoon have been saved.A pound in Monaghan were going to have to put down the dogs – which ranged in age from just 16 weeks to eight years old – but thankfully they’ve all been offered homes or rescue spaces after their stories appeared on TheJournal.ie on Tuesday.However, it isn’t all good news.Speaking about the last-ditch call from the Carrick shelter, spokesperson for Dogs Trust told TheJournal.ie that the fear of having to put animals to sleep because of a lack of space is a good example of what’s happening in pounds all over the country.In Ireland, 15 dogs are destroyed on average everyday. That’s 5,500 a year. To compare, in Scotland that number is just 500.A spokesperson from the ISPCA said “any sort of animal is not a suitable gift to give.“It is a big responsibility and it certainly is not something to surprise someone with, whatever time of the year it is.”Thankfully the nine dogs from Carrick have been saved but this problem is far from over.Carrick Dog shelter have got in touch with the newsteam here to say “a massive thanks from us on behalf of nine very happy pound dogs!”These nine dogs have less than 48 hours to live if they can’t be re-homed>Dog welfare group say Christmas dumping of dogs has already started>Men plead guilty to training dogs for animal fights>
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWith hedging statements, Alaska lawmakers say they’re close on oil and gas compromiseAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState lawmakers say they’re close to an agreement on a bill to end tax credits for oil and gas companies that can be traded for cash.Moody’s downgrades state’s credit ratingAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMoody’s has downgraded the state’s credit rating again and said the state has a negative outlook.Legislature’s capital budget impasse could delay Haines Highway projectEmily Files, KHNS – HainesA major Haines infrastructure project that is years in the making may have to wait a little longer.Newly found disease could threaten Southeast Alaska spruceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered for the first time in Southeast. But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped.Klukwan’s Hotch will attend National Medal awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.Abbey Collins, KHNS – HainesThe Alaska State Museums are set to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in Washington, D.C. next week. It’s the highest recognition of its kind. The director of a new cultural heritage center in Klukwan is part of the group receiving the award in the nation’s capital.Wrangell Borough, union reach amended contract agreementLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe Wrangell Borough Assembly approved an amended contract with union employees during a special meeting Thursday, ending what have been contentious negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.Where are Koliganek’s king salmon?Avery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamMore than 2.5 million sockeye have returned to spawn in the Nushagak River this year, one of the highest counts on record. They have filled pools and creeks, jumping and swimming their way to their spawning grounds.As low Nushagak River restricts barge travel, New Stuyahok limits heating fuelAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamKoliganek and New Stuyahok are still waiting on their first barge of the year. Heating fuel use for residents and businesses in New Stuyahok is limited.Update: Someone may be buying the ferry Taku, but it’s still on the marketEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauStill thinking about buying the Ferry Taku? The state extended the bidding deadline for the 54-year-old ship again — until August 8th.AK: Mod Carousel brings boylesque world premiere to JuneauAnnie Bartholomew, KTOO – JuneauFor eight years Seattle-based boylesque collective Mod Carousel blurs gender expression in Alaska. It’s newest show, Gilded makes its world premiere in Alaska. Juneau residents will be treated to the world premiere of a dance production this weekend.49 Voices: Doreen Cooper of SkagwayRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Doreen Cooper from Skagway. She’s working as a volunteer at the Arctic Inter-agency Visitor Center in Coldfoot.