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post #41 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Well, the City of Houston made their decision for them.

They're going to take the pup to the vet to get a professional opinion about whether or not he is a wolf hybrid. Wolf hybrids are legal in Texas, but is illegal to keep him in the City of Houston where they live.

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THIS.
Especially a renter! If the apartment finds out they may evict her, as insurance companies would not cover wolves, they barely cover certain types of dogs!

Plus if that pup does wind up in a shelter or rescue, it's liable to be euthanized. Shelters won't knowingly adopt out wolf mixes.


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OP - You might warn your coworker regarding freely stating that she/he has a wolf hybrid. Although it is legal to own a wolf or wolf hybrid on the Texas State level, each county / city are authorized to make their own call.

Whereas it might be legal to own a wolf hybrid in Brazoria county, it might be illegal to own one within the city limits. Same with Galveston, Harris etc. As well as it might be illegal to own one in Galveston county, but fine in Brazoria. They really need to do their homework before they state what they have, if in fact it is a wolf hybrid.
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THIS.
Especially a renter! If the apartment finds out they may evict her, as insurance companies would not cover wolves, they barely cover certain types of dogs!

Plus if that pup does wind up in a shelter or rescue, it's liable to be euthanized. Shelters won't knowingly adopt out wolf mixes.
They're renting a house from an individual, so the rules in that area were a little more flexible. But still....City of Houston.

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I'm assuming it's a hybrid since selling wolves as pets is illegal. Wolf-dog hybrids are the #1 dog to maul children, they are notoriously difficult to train and housebreak.

ETA: It's better to treat this animal like a wolf than a dog, if they want to raise it to be a happy animal.

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If that pup has any wolf in it, it's not very much--as was mentioned, wolves and high-content hybrids only have pups in the spring. The pup is also older than 6 weeks, I'd say at least 9 weeks. But if there is little to no wolf in the pup, that is a good thing. Are they certain it is blind?

Tell your friend she most certainly does not have a "wolf cub". She may be a well-meaning soul, but others in the world are not, and if word gets out that she's raising a "wolf" in her rental, she could be evicted or worse. Tell her the truth--that she has a mixed-breed DOG puppy and that the people who sold it to her are scammers.
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Just read the whole thread ... have nothing to add to it, but just wanted to say that it was nice of your friend to take the pup in and try and do "good" by it ...

Good hearts can sometimes be hard to find ... and she was reaching out for help ...

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New information today:

Pup was presented as blind, and seems to be MOSTLY blind. Still seems to have some vision in one eye.

Pup was presented as a 97% wolf, 3% malamute hybrid

Pup is howling up a little storm

Wolf hybrids are illegal in Houston, so they're looking into verifying "wolf" status or rehoming.

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More wolves in cages than live in the wild. My heart weeps.

Why can't we leave wolves alone.
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Hopefully there is a "wolf hybrid" rescue in the area? I know Texas is notorious for people keeping "exotic" wild animals, so I bet there are probably a number of rescues for them.

Still think it's merely a dog in wolf's clothing, but with two toy breed dogs, living in a rental, and trying to have a baby, a 150 lb blind nordic breed cross is going to be a huge liability for these people. I hope they can place it with someone who will give it the type of home it needs.
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Just read the whole thread ... have nothing to add to it, but just wanted to say that it was nice of your friend to take the pup in and try and do "good" by it ...

Good hearts can sometimes be hard to find ... and she was reaching out for help ...
No good deed goes unpunished.

I wish them the very best, I just hope they have their eyes open.
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