More Than 40 Animals Seized in Wisconsin Animal Cruelty Case Involving Wolf-Dog Hybrids

CRANDON, WISCONSIN - ASPCA is assisting with the removal, transport, and sheltering of 30 wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses following an animal cruelty investigation near Rhinelander.

According to ASPCA, the owner was arrested on cruelty-related charges and other charges are expected to follow. The arrest and seizure of animals is a result of an investigation that began after local authorities received numerous complaints from residents about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids on her property and animals frequently escaping and posing a public safety risk.

A wolf-dog hybrid is part dog and part wolf - the result of breeding a wolf with a domestic dog. According to the ASPCA, they are considered unsuitable and potentially dangerous pets.

According to the ASPCA, the wold-dog hybrids were living in deplorable conditions, kept on chains without acess to food or water, and suffering from medical conditions. Responders also discovered horses suffering from neglect and malnutrition. Deceased animals were also found on the property.

“We’ve been concerned about these neglected animals for quite some time,” said Sheriff John Dennee with the Forest County Sheriff’s Department. “We wanted to make sure this case was handled properly and we cannot thank the ASPCA enough for their expertise and assistance in this investigation.”

The ASPCA will continue working to humanely trap the loose wolf-dog hybrids and transport them to an emergency shelter. 

In Wisconsin, those who own wolf-dog hybrids are required to obtain a license and meet minimum requirements for animal care. 

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