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Staff and volunteers from the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (www.lockwoodarc.org) recently worked with the Alaska State Special Prosecutor to transport twenty-nine wolf dogs from a substandard breeding facility in Palmer, Alaska, to a new home at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Frazier Park, California.
The rescue effort involved a team of four veterinarians, an oral surgeon, numerous veterinary technicians and a host of volunteers working day and night to sterilize the wolf-dogs and provide much-needed medical care before the journey south.
Held by eight-foot chains and left unfed for days at time, many of the animals exhibited signs of dehydration and open sores around the necks when rescued.
Wolf dogs or wolf-dog hybrids increasingly are being sold as pets. In North America, there are an estimated 300,000 wolf dogs and 1,500 federally regulated pure wolves living in captivity.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) funded the cost of new enclosures for the Alaskan wolf dogs, which will spend the rest of their days in a suitable environment. Earlier this year, IFAW and LARC collaborated in a move of four wolf dogs from a bankrupt sanctuary in Texas to California.
Wolf dog photo courtesy of IFAW