Dog Owner Named
UPDATE 05/22/10: James Haplin of the Anchorage Daily News provided more details about the death of Krystal Brink on May 22. It was Krystal's great uncle, 28-year old Fritz Larson who found her. Larson said he went toward the yard and saw a pink coat on the grass. As he approached, he noticed a skinny young male mutt chained on a post in the yard was chewing on a diaper. Then he saw the girl's body on the ground nearby. "I went nuts. I lost it," Larson said.
"Larson said he went to the dog owner's house to "do something stupid" but the man -- his uncle, Raymond Steven -- wasn't there. He brought the girl home. His brother, Joe Larson, grabbed a shotgun out of a boat, went over to the dog yard and shot every adult dog there, he said.
"I'm not going to have this ... happen again. So he shot all the dogs," Larson said. "The owner was (complaining) about his dogs. It was like, 'Well, one life for another.'"
The dogs were for sprint mushing, said Steven, 48. The one that attacked Krystal was a couple years old but he'd just gotten him a few months ago. The dog went by "Blue Eye." -James Haplin, Anchorage Daily News, May 22, 2010
05/21/10: Victim: 3-year Old Krystal Brink
Napaskiak, AK - In a developing story, 3-year old Krystal Brink was mauled to death by a sled dog after she wandered into a Napaskiak yard while playing this past Thursday. According to Alaska State Troopers, Krystal Brink of Kasigluk was found dead in the dog yard after the other children went inside and she was discovered missing. A family member then went into the dog yard with a gun and killed six of the seven dogs there, according to the dogs' owner.
"It was a pretty emotional situation," troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. "It's a tragic event. We're dealing with it accordingly."
The girl had been visiting relatives in Napaskiak at the time of the incident. She and some other children had been playing outside that afternoon. When adults called them in at about 5 pm, they discovered that Brink was missing. They found her in a sled dog yard at a nearby house. There were seven dogs tied up in the open yard, and the child had passed all the animals except the last one. Brink had been bitten multiple times; authorities declined to give more details.
The dog's owner told Alaska State Troopers he did not want to press charges. The relative who shot the dogs and the dog's owner remain unidentified.
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