Lawton Animal Welfare Captures, Relocates Wolf-Dog Hybrid
For the last few months, a wolf-dog hybrid has wandering the streets of Lawton. The dog, which is a mix of a dog and a wolf, is illegal to domesticate inside of Lawton city limits, was captured recently by Lawton Animal Welfare.
The dog, which was wearing a red collar, had been roaming Lawton with a second "wolf-dog", which animal welfare actually believes is not a wolf hybrid at all, but instead a Husky mix. Plans are in place to capture the second dog also. Officials say any one who comes across the dog should avoid it, and call Lawton Animal Welfare at (580) 581-3218. Animal Welfare stresses that by attempting to capture the second dog, people are actually putting it at risk, as it will quite probably run, and could run into traffic.
After the "wolf-dog" was captured, he was taken to Lawton Animal Welfare's facility
and evaluated. The evaluation process included time spent with the animal petting and nurturing, as well as reading with him, a technique used to calm the animal and get him adjusted to his new surroundings. Yesterday, he was turned over to the Wolf Dog Rescue Network, an organization that specializes in the placing of wolf dog mixes into homes across the country. The Wolf Dog Rescue Network is a non-profit, volunteer run organization whose goal is to rescue and provide sanctuary for animals that have been captured by local animal welfare groups, while also educating the general public about the care of the animals, as well as finding qualified homes for wolf-dogs.
The Lawton Animal Welfare Dept. Facebook page posted a message to the public regarding the two animals, including a fond farewell to their recent guest, who had obviously stolen more than one heart.
"Every animal, even those who need specialized care deserve to go into the best hands, and get a good shot at having a great life. I hope you have a long and happy life, little guy. Bye, Bye, for now."