Group fights to save wolf hybrid under new law

11:51 PM, Jul 8, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new law regulating wolf hybrids is causing some confusion over what to do with one of the controversial animals.

The Wolf Ledge Refuge in Bristol took in a wolf hybrid named Mia last Monday after it was captured by police in Waldoboro. A new law had just taken affect that put the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in charge of dealing with wolf hybrids, rather than the animal welfare division of the department of agriculture. That means Wolf Ledge Refuge needs a new license, and Mia needs to find a home. Otherwise, under the law, she must be euthanized. Wolf Ledge owner Jim Doughty says the new law is making it difficult to know what to do with these animals.

"With the laws continually changing people have no idea what they're supposed to do with them, what they can or can't do with them, along with how to handle them" Doughty told NEWS CENTER.

Mia is currently being boarded at a veterinary clinic in Brunswick. A spokesperson for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it's not a done deal yet, but the department has been working with someone who will likely be able to adopt Mia. He says as long as that process is in the works, Mia will not be put down.


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