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Wolf Dog Ownership Laws

Wolf hybrids are created when a wolf is bred with a dog. According to the nonprofit organization The Wolf Is at the Door, Inc. in Oklahoma, there is no general breed standard in the United States. The federal Animal Welfare Act defines hybrids as domestic dogs and regulates them like any other dog, according to USDA veterinarian Robert Willems. Many states, counties, and cities restrict or prohibit the possession of wolf hybrids. QUESTION: What is the average lifespan of a greyhound? (c) In response to a wolf abduction reported under Subdivision 5, the Commissioner shall notify the District Development Officer. The county extension officer should recommend cost-conscious husbandry practices and non-lethal wolf predator controls that are necessary to prevent future wolf looting. All best management practices recommended by the County Extension Officer shall be consistent with the best management practices developed by the Commissioner of Agriculture in accordance with section 3.737, subsection 5. Some wolves and wolf hybrids do reasonably well with conscientious owners who are knowledgeable and well-prepared to meet the special needs of their pets. Meanwhile, however, shelters are overflowing with gentle and obedient dogs of all sizes, shapes, and colors that must be killed if no home is found for them. Given this, the growing trade in captive wolves and hybrids is tragic and unnecessary. The mission of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is to save, provide lifelong refuge and take the time to educate the public on proper wolfdog identification and proper care of this unique species. We hope that in the future, due to our academic activities, we will no longer have to rescue and house wild animals that repeatedly prove unsuitable for a normal human home.

We look forward to and support a world where people, regardless of the legal definition, know that a greyhound is inherently part of a wild animal and therefore has the potential to be dangerous in a domestic environment. Of course, this is not because greyhounds are vicious and dangerous animals, but because they usually cannot be satisfied in an average human home. A person should not release a dog-wolf hybrid. It is forbidden to release a captured wolf without the permission of the Commissioner. QUESTION: Do you have the financial stability to properly care for a greyhound throughout its lifespan? QUESTION: Are greyhounds good pets and can greyhounds be trained at home? (b) The person shall report the wolf killed or captured under this subdivision to a conservation officer as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours after the wolf was shot or trapped. The wolf must be disposed of in accordance with the Commissioner`s prescriptions. Ultimately, every pet is different, but in general, inferior content is overall easier to edit and manage than your higher content greyhounds. Even in states that treat wolf hybrids as pets, counties and cities are allowed to pass stricter regulations or ban animal ownership altogether. District and city ordinances change frequently. Contact your local animal control office for current restrictions for your potential pet. Map of legal, regulated and illegal states of Wolfhound (updated January 2016).

Some states treat wolf hybrids like pets. As of August 2013, these were Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of these states have restrictions on the maximum percentage of wolves an animal can contain to be considered a hybrid, and some assume that an animal that looks like a wolf is more likely to be a wolf than a hybrid. Contact your state`s wildlife department to find out which laws apply to your situation. There are several states where people are allowed to own a greyhound. In some states, such as Alaska, Michigan and North Dakota, a greyhound became a grandfather under previous regulations. Therefore, it is possible for humans to own a greyhound in these states. Then there are other states where there are no state laws at all. Instead, the state government decided to leave it up to the county to decide whether someone can own this type of pet. States that have adopted this approach include North Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota, Louisiana, Idaho, Utah, Texas and Oregon. If you live in one of these states, you`ll need to check your county regulations to see if this is allowed.

In the era following this convergence, man and wolf diverged. There is a lot of hatred for many predators in the United States, and the plundering efforts have seriously hurt predator populations, including wolves. Despite the often erroneous hatred of wolves, exacerbated by misinformation and lack of understanding of the species, greyhounds have become increasingly popular as pets around the world. In the United States, an estimated 250,000 greyhounds live as pets. Popular reasons for ownership include “guard dogs,” trophy animals, and the general (and arguably determined) ill-informed notion that greyhounds will be a more loyal pet than a domestic dog. Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary does not encourage or tolerate the practice of owning greyhounds as pets. For more information about the Wolfhound itself and why Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary maintains this attitude, I highly recommend reading our article “Why Greyhounds Don`t Make Good Pets”. Regardless of our position, the legislation regarding the ownership of “wolf hybrids” is inconsistent from state to state, county to county, and even city to city. In this article, we`ll cover the different approaches governments are taking to regulating greyhounds, possible reasons for this legislation, and trends in states.

We hope our readers can learn with us as we pursue our mission and vision. Check your local laws and consider becoming an ambassador for the animals that Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary rescues and cares for every day due to the exotic pet trade. Ask how your legislators came to their decisions to create laws like those that apply to greyhounds, and ask them to regulate greyhounds from the perspective of compassion and education, rather than fear and misinformation. I leave you with an excellent quote from the United States. Fish and wildlife to consider: Major cities such as Denver, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, have completely banned the possession of greyhounds, and in the case of Albuquerque, the city requires that all animals suspected of being greyhounds be euthanized.



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