An alaskans state employee who lives in Anchorage with her family said that the state’s minimum wage law, which went into effect in December, has affected her pets and her own household.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Industries has issued a warning about how the law can impact the pets and has placed a moratorium on pet adoption and adoption agencies.
The department has also prohibited pet owners from adopting pets of employees and employees’ family members.
The state has not been able to hire enough animal control officers because of the increased cost of overtime, according to Alaska Department OF Labor and Industry spokesperson Anna Dutton.
Dutton said it is not clear how many animal control personnel are employed in the state, or whether any agency has any vacancies, or even if there are any vacancies.
The Alaskan Malamute, the official breed of dog, has been considered a pet of the state for more than a century.
The Malamutes are a popular pet in Alaska because they are the only breed that can walk in the snow and be in the same room with humans for longer periods of time than the other breeds, according the Alaska Department Of Labor and Incentives.
Pet owners are allowed to adopt up to three dogs per household, but only one may be adopted in a year.
If a family has more than three dogs, the household must be able to purchase additional pets.
A pet owner can have up to four dogs in a home, but the household will need to pay for additional expenses to keep the pets separate.
“It’s not an easy thing to do, but we are doing it because we have to,” said the employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she feared repercussions from the state.
“This is not the way we’re going to make ends meet,” she said.
She said that she and her husband are looking for a new home for their Malamues, and she is worried about her dog being forced to move to another state if she cannot keep her pets in Alaska.
The worker said that although she and the couple do not have any health insurance, she and their other two dogs, a Maltese and a Labrador Retriever, were able to get the help they needed in order to find a permanent home for the dogs.
Denton said that there is no specific law requiring that pets be kept separate from the home, only that they be kept apart from other pets.
“We’re not trying to prohibit anybody from adopting a pet,” Dutton told Al Jazeera.
“But it’s important that the individual pet be kept separately and out of the general area of a home.”
The Department Of Incentive and Training (DIT) is responsible for regulating the Pet Owner Registration Act, a state law that requires pet owners to register their animals.
DIT has no enforcement authority over pet ownership.
The agency has previously said that it would not be able “to ensure that pet ownership regulations are being followed”.
But DIT did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
In an interview with the local television station, the employee said that her dogs were not able to stay at her house because she cannot afford to pay the cost of the dogs, and the cost could be prohibitive if they had to move elsewhere.
The employee also said that, because of their size, she had to leave her Malamue, named Coco, at the home of her partner in order for them to be housed separately.
The woman, who lives with her partner and three other dogs, said that they are currently looking for another home for her pets.
The Department of Incentiver Training and Training Services (DITS), which is responsible, also did not reply to Al Arabiya’s request to comment.
“Our agency has not issued a written statement on this matter,” DIT spokesperson Kristine Nettles told Al Arabiyah.
“The Department Of Training and Ingenital Training Services does not comment on the specific enforcement actions taken by this agency.
The training of the DIT personnel to enforce the law is voluntary and there is nothing that the agency can do to prevent a pet from being adopted.”