Green Bay police seize possible wolf hybrid
Editor's note: FOX 11 has clarified some information regarding the animal's possible fate. By state law, the animal would only be euthanized if it shows signs of rabies. It would not be euthanized simply for being a wolf hybrid.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- The fate of an animal seized from a home in Green Bay remains undetermined as police wait for the results of blood tests.
A Green Bay police officer came across the animal last Thursday while responding to reports of a dog bite at a residence in Green Bay. FOX 11 News is not identifying the officer because the officer has received threats.
"(On) May 16 a 5-year-old child in the city limits at a west side address. I then went out the next day and discovered that the child was bit by a wolf hybrid," said the officer.
The owner of the animal, Brian Schoen, was issued multiple citations, including animal bite and keeping an exotic animal.
"By state law any animal that has bitten someone must be reported. The gentleman fled town with one of three dogs that were likely wolf hybrids to another location so he was cited for keeping more than two dogs and then also for keeping an exotic animal," the officer said.
The officer told FOX 11 Schoen's son and girlfriend said the animal was a wolf hybrid.
If tests show that the animal is only a dog, the officer said it can be returned to its owner. If the animal turns out to have wolf DNA, the officer said it could be turned over to a licensed caretaker.
Meanwhile, the animal is also being monitored for signs of rabies.
"The animal will remain quarantined for the next 10 days. If that animal is quarantined we can monitor the animal and see if it's showing any signs and symptoms of rabies, and if it is, the person who has been affected can be sent to a hospital and receive the post-rabies vaccination," the officer said.
If the animal shows signs of rabies, state law requires it to be euthanized so its brain tissue can be tested.