Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wolves Rescued from Palmer Site
Rescue group takes possession of animals from "Wolf Country USA"
Tonight, a California-based animal rescue center is taking possession of the first group of wolves and wolf-hybrids from Wolf Country USA, after state troopers searched the Palmer property earlier this year.
Thursday night the big operation began to move the 29 wolves and wolf-hybrids from the tourist business in Palmer.
The family who runs Wolf Country USA has agreed to hand over the animals after it was found they did not have a permit to keep them. Lockwood Animal Rescue Center will transport the animals by air and truck to a sanctuary 90 minutes north of Los Angeles.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the owner of the Palmer business Wolf Country USA has never possessed a permit to keep wolves or wolf-hybrids. And now, they must be surrendered.
“We’re heartbroken,” said Werner Schuster, of Wolf Country USA. “Our wolves won’t be there after tomorrow. They’ve been in our life for 25, 30 years. That’s about it.”
Lockwood Animal Rescue Center says the wolf-hybrids would have been killed, but now they will be giving back to the community by helping combat veterans in California transition back to society. Thursday night, the first group of wolf-dogs were taken from the Palmer property.
Werner Shuster says he and his family have owned wolves and wolf-dogs in Alaska for more than 25 years and is sad to see it come to an end. But at the same time, he’s happy the animals will be taken care of.