DEEP said dogs owned near a 'wolf-dog' sighting area were not an illegal breed. (WFSB photo)
NORTH STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -
Animals neighbors worried were wolf-dog hybrids in North Stonington were simple domestic dogs.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Thursday that DNA tests on samples taken from seven animals showed them to have "no recent wolf ancestry."
"These tests show that these animals are not an illegal wolf hybrid and that it is legal for the current owner to have them in his possession," said Susan Whalen, DEEP's Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation. "We have notified state and local animal control officials of the test results, as they now have jurisdiction over any future issues with these animals, including licensing, vaccinations and roaming."
DEEP said the owner of the dogs, Ashbow Sebastian, cooperated with its investigation. He allowed DNA saliva samples to be taken and sent to the University of California for specialized tests.
The report on the tests was released Wednesday.
In March, residents in the Long Pond area of North Stonington and Ledyard reported seeing a dead animal they thought was a wolf hybrid. DEEP also said the residents were concerned about similar-looking animals they said had been threatening them.
In Connecticut, it is illegal to own a wolf-dog hybrid, according to DEEP.
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