NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– There are new concerns about wolf-dogs in southeast Connecticut. A wolf-dog hybrid running loose, attacking people and animals in two towns.
Folks living around Long Pond in North Stonington say they’ve seen these dogs. They wander around and sometimes play with each other, but just the fact they are roaming around loose they say is a threat.
A road crew on the Ledyard side of the pond spotted one of the dogs there a couple of days ago.
“He was running over here and we were standing right here,” said Guy Young, Ledyard Public Works. When asked if the dogs paid attention to them, Young said, “no, nope he was focused on whatever he was looking for.”
The DEEP says a resident in Ledyard though did feel threatened in February and shot and killed one of the dogs which the resident had tested. The results show the dog was a dog-wolf hybrid which is illegal in Connecticut.
News 8 spotted some of the white colored canines causing concern lying in a yard along Lantern Hill Road in North Stonington.
“Presumably it would be more aggressive, more difficult to train, and maybe more finely honed predatory, predatory nature,” said Bill Hyatt, DEEP.
Environmental conservation officers are now investigating complaints the dogs have attacked animals and threatened the resident who shot one.
“If they turned out to be positive, we would cross that bridge when we came to it. But I think we would then try to find a place… place the animal that was more appropriate and safe,” said Hyatt.
In the meantime, if you spot one of the dogs roaming around you may want to do what Guy Young did.
“When I was out by the side of my truck waiting for the truck to come back I was jumping back in the truck telling the kid I wasn’t going to stay out here with that dog,” said Young.
Conservation officers are focused on the dogs that are still in the area. They want to know how many of them there are and what exactly they are.