Wolf-dog hybrids escape from electrified pen, kill animals in Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF -- Four wolf-dog hybrids chewed through an electrified fence to escape from their pen and killed a neighborhood dog and other animals in Flagstaff.

At approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a call of multiple gunshots fired in the area of Mercury Drive in the Doney Park West Neighborhood in Flagstaff.

A man told a responding deputy that his four wolf-dog hybrids escaped from their pen, which was surrounded by a 10-foot electrified fence. He said the animals were able to chew through the fence.

Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the animals are believed to have killed a neighborhood dog and 17 turkeys, chickens and ducks.

The owner and another area resident shot and killed three of the animals. The fourth wolf-dog was last seen running into a forested area off of Slayton Ranch Estates. She is described as the omega wolf and is the smallest of the pack. She is black and white and about the size of a coyote.

The other three animals were each 120 pounds or more, 4 years old and, according to the owner, have not been involved in any other similar incidents.

The owner said the wolf hybrids were friendly with him and, to his knowledge, have not shown aggression toward other humans in the past.

Blair said it appears that the animals were being legally possessed and cared for by the owner.

Anyone who has seen the outstanding wolf-dog is urged not to approach the animal and to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523.