Officials seize wolf-dog hybrids and horses in animal cruelty case

Thirty wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses were removed from a property in Crandon, March 17, 2017. (Photo courtesy of ASPCA)

CRANDON (WLUK) -- Thirty wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses were removed from a property in Crandon Friday and officials say they are looking for more wolf-dogs on the loose.

The Forest County Sheriff's Office and the ASPCA launched an investigation on the property after receiving numerous complaints from local residents about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids and animals escaping frequently, posing a safety risk.

Upon arriving, officials say they found the dogs and horses living in deplorable conditions and many were kept on chains without access to food or water and suffering from various untreated medical conditions. Deceased animals were also found on the property.

“We’re stepping in because the basic mental, social and physical needs of these animals are not being fulfilled and they are suffering from a very poor quality of life,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Our immediate goal is to remove these animals over the next few days and provide much-needed medical care and treatment at our emergency shelter.”

Authorities say the owner of the property was arrested and animal cruelty charges are recommended.

A wolf-dog hybrid is part dog and part wolf. Officials say most wolf-dog hybrids are considered timid and unpredictable, making them potentially dangerous as pets.

In Wisconsin, people who own wolf-dog hybrids are required to get a license.

The ASPCA says it will work through the weekend, placing humane traps to capture loose wolf-dog hybrids and bring them to an emergency shelter.

The ASPCA says it will also provide daily care and behavioral evaluations for the animals until the court decides their placement.

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