Doggone Trouble

Dogs have been a part of the population of the Tanana Valley since before the founding of Fairbanks. In 1902, Felix Pedro had two dogs, Joy and Dandy, when he made his famous discovery of gold in the Tanana Valley. Men and dogs flocked to the Fairbanks camp shortly thereafter. Dogs were everywhere and it was not long before a dog catcher was needed.

Fairbanks Sunday Times- August 21, 1910


Milkman Hinckley yesterday filed a complaint in the marshal’s office against the owner of the dogs which are annoying his cows. Last year complaint was made about Mr. Hinckley’s cows which were running around loose and helping themselves to the tempting cabbage leaves and other dainties found in the neighbors’ gardens.

This year Mr. Hinckley built a corral for his cows and now the dogs of the neighbors are taking a wolvish delight in chewing at the young calves legs to see them jump. Unless the owners keep their dogs at home, the marshal’s office will begin prosecution against them for maintaining a nuisance.

Fairbanks Daily News – July 17, 1908


His expectations of big remuneration for faithful public service vanished in a night, the dignity of the law besmeared and burlesqued and himself, its officer, in gravest danger of a charge of malfeasance, E. H. Kline, official dog-catcher and pound master of the City of Fairbanks, is the saddest official of the municipality today. Yesterday he possessed a record that meant re-election. Today that same record has a blot that makes his chances look smaller than Bryan’s. It all came about this way.

Kline had been dog-catching the way it had to be done. He played the field and was a plunger. Any untagged Fido that got between him and the sky-line, no matter who was its owner, was fated to durance vile pending license negotiations between its owner and the city clerk. By faithful work he had corralled the finest bunch of bow-wows in the Tanana, and poundage had been rolling up to handsome figures.

This morning some villain did unlawfully and feloniously enter the dog pound and liberate its inmates numbering 22 canines of all sizes, descriptions and colors. Sadder still with them went everything which goes toward the identification of dogs.

When Kline went to the pound today he found that a large number of pickets and other parts of the enclosure had been broken down and the occupants were all missing. Some of the dogs have been in the pound for a long time and have considerable of a bill against them for their keep.

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