Juneau pet cremator cited after remains of dead dogs eaten by bear

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — The operator of a Juneau pet cremation business was issued multiple citations by Juneau Police and Animal Control Tuesday after the remains of four dead dogs were discovered to have been carried away by a bear.

Michael Dziuba, owner of Bridge Pet Services, was cited by JPD for creating a bear attraction nuisance, according to Juneau police.

The discovery was made just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, when a caller informed Animal Control that four deceased dogs had been found in the 19000 block of Cohen Drive, off the Glacier Highway in Juneau.

An Animal Control officer responded around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday and "found the remains of several deceased dogs in heavy plastic bags in the roadway," according to JPD. The bags were ripped open and partially consumed by what is believed to be a bear or bears.

When JPD and Animal Control officers returned to the area later Tuesday morning, they discovered that a bear or bears removed the remains from a soft sided structure on private property owned by Dziuba and dragged the remains into the roadway, onto other areas of the private property, and into the woods nearby.

JPD says Dziuba was advised of his responsibility to remove the rest of the animal remains, and on appropriate bear deterrent measures. a CBJ code compliance officer reported that the remains have been properly disposed of, and a cleanup of the surrounding area is in progress.

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