Anchorage-area pet owners warned of uptick in dog thefts

    Pet owners in southcentral Alaska are being warned of an apparent uptick in dog thefts in the area.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pet owners in southcentral Alaska are being warned of an apparent uptick in dog thefts in the area.

    KTVA-TV reports that Anchorage Animal Care and Control is investigating after one woman reported on Facebook that three dogs had turned up beaten and at least one was found dead in the area. The woman said all the dogs were pit bull or boxer breeds.

    Alaska Bully Rescue Vice President Lisa Switzer says she's noticed a rise in people reporting dog thefts, particularly in the Matanuska Valley.

    Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says troopers are not aware of any dog fighting in the area, which pet owners had worried was the cause of all the thefts.

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