DEEP: Dogs to be tested for wolf-dog DNA

In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A Wisconsin judge is to decide Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, whether to issue an injunction blocking wolf hunts while he weighs a lawsuit filed by a coalition of humane societies. They allege the DNR failed to set up restrictions on the use of dogs, creating the potential for bloody wolf-dog fights in the woods. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A wolf-dog hybrid shot dead last month is the focus of a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection investigation.

Officials are questioning a man who owns what he claims are six white German shepherds. The man, who lives on the Eastern Pequot Indian Reservation, says one of his dogs recently went missing but it wasn’t the one killed by a Ledyard resident in February.

Still, DEEP officials say they plan to test the DNA of the six dogs for evidence of the wolf-dog hybrid breed, which is illegal to own in Connecticut.

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