Charges Dropped Against Man With Wolf Hybrid Dogs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Charges have been dropped against a Healy man accused of keeping two illegal wolf hybrid dogs.  Fairbanks Assistant District Attorney Ben Seekins says the case against Terry Delbene was dropped because the Healy resident didn’t intend to violate Alaska’s law against owning hybrids.

State DNA tests of three dogs Delbene has, showed two with wolf blood.

Wolf hybrids are considered a threat to public safety and a possible disease source for wild wolves.  The state tightened its regulations on wolf hybrids in 2002, and only licensed educational or research facilities can own them.

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