OLYMPIA, Wash. — A 3-year-old boy was attacked Monday when he put his hand into a kennel containing two hybrid wolves, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said. His injuries resulted in one of his arms being amputated.
“The child had 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 fenced kennel,” the sheriff’s office told Q13 News.
- Mauling took place Monday afternoon in Olympia, Washington, while victim's mother was at home
- Officials say the toddler wandered outside and stuck his hand into kennel holding two wolf-dog hybrids, at least one of which then bit him
- Three-year-old was flown to a hospital in Seattle and had to have his damaged arm amputated
- Boy's family have been raising wolfdogs and selling them for many years
- In 2013, one of their animals, a 140-pound 'wolfdog' Lakota, escaped its pen and attacked a German shepherd
- DNA tests later showed Lakota was a purebred wolf; state law allows people to keep and breed wolf hybrids, but not purebred wolves