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Mat-Su Borough Seizes 29 Pets From Woman's Home

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 12:00:00 AM AKDT
Mat-Su Borough Seizes 29 Pets From Woman's Home

A Mat-Su Borough woman has been charged with animal-care offenses after borough officials seized two dozen dogs and five parrots from her home Wednesday.

According to a statement from the borough, Mat-Su Animal Care officers collected the animals from the residence of Wendy Rayburn, near the intersection of Knik-Goose Bay Road and Horizon Drive.

“Officers had to walk through animal feces to gather the pets,” borough officials wrote. “The animal count is 22 Pomeranian mixes, 1 Silky Terrier, and 1 Lab mix. Four of the birds are Lovebird parrots and the fifth is a Conure parrot.”

Borough officials say Rayburn has been cited on several occasions for failing to provide sanitary enclosures for the animals. Court records show the 56-year-old has entered a no-contest plea to one count of failing to provide sanitary enclosures, and is scheduled to appear in court this month on one count of failing to provide a kennel license.

Mat-Su Animal Care spokesperson Carol Vardeman wasn’t immediately available for comment on the case Friday morning.

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