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Unalakleet Girl ‘Severely Injured’ in Dog Attack

Unalakleet in the fall of 2014. Photo: Caitlin Whyte, KNOM file.

A 7-year-old girl in Unalakleet was severely injured in a dog attack Sunday—and had to be medevaced to Anchorage for her injuries.

In an online dispatch Alaska State Troopers say the girl, who was not named, was petting a tethered dog in a dog lot near her home, along the Unalakleet beach. Troopers say that dog, in addition to a second loose dog that was not tied up, attacked her.

Troopers say an adult bystander—unrelated to the girl—intervened and stopped the attack. The child was brought to the community clinic for “severe injuries” to her face and neck before being medevaced to Anchorage for further treatment.

The mauling was reported to Troopers shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. Trooper spokesperson Tim DeSpain said, as of Tuesday, no charges are anticipated against anyone involved in the incident. He adds that the dogs were not rabid and Troopers have no past reports “indicating the animals were violent.”

Troopers said the dogs, both huskies, were killed by their owner on Monday.


  1. Liz Ivanoff on May 27, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Correction on the unrelated to the girl, that was her uncle that intervened with attack and brought her away from the dogs! Also another correction a lot of people complained to the city office, state troopers and cops about the dogs not being fed by their owner! You guys don’t know what you’re talking about not even the trooper either! It’d be nice if you guys can talk to the parents about airing all this before publishing anything.

    • Matthew F. Smith on May 27, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Liz, our information came from the Troopers. We’ll check for updates today.

      • Liz Ivanoff on May 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Still regardless should get permission from the parents to air stuff like this! The trooper that investigated this doesn’t know what he is talking about.

  2. Margery Glickman on June 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Tethering is cruel and makes dogs aggressive.
    FACTS: http://helpsleddogs.org/iditarod-dog-kennel-horrors-terrible-tethering/