3-year-old child has arm amputated after sticking hand into ‘wolf hybrid’ kennel

In Olympia, Washington a three-year-old child put his hand into the kennel of the family’s “wolf hybrid” dogs resulting in serious injuries to the child. According to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office:

“The child has sustained serious injury to one of his hands and forearm. The child was a resident at this home where two wolf hybrids were maintained by the family within a fenced kennel.”

The child had supposedly wandered outdoors by himself without his mother’s permission. When he went to the area where the animals were kept, stuck his hand into the kennel. It is not known if both animals attacked or just one. Thurston County Animal Control and Washington State Fish and Wildlife have been called in to “secure the animals per their protocol for further investigation.”

According to Q13FoxNews, the child was flown to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment. He was listed in stable condition after a nurse stated he had undergone surgery for a “traumatic arm amputation.”

In the State of Washington, for most jurisdictions, wolf-hybrids are defined under exotic or dangerous animals and prohibited or in some instances grandfathered, if existing prior to the enactment of the prohibition, and are treated as dangerous dogs. Potentially dangerous wild animals, includes wolves, but excludes wolf-hybrids. In the past several measures have been introduced to include wolf-hybrids as dangerous wild animals, but no resolutions have been passed. Read more here. Several measures have been proposed to include wolf-hybrids as potentially dangerous wild animals, but they have not been passed.

(Photos of wolf hybrid via Q13 Fox News and Thurston County Sheriff’s Office)

This is a developing story; more information will follow as it is released.

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