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Focus of wolf-dog probe says his pets are not hybrids
The New London Day ^ | March 27th, 2014 | Judy Benson

Posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:03 PM PDT by Third Person

North Stonington — Ashbow Sebastian said Wednesday he is cooperating fully with state environmental conservation officers investigating a possible wolf-dog hybrid shot and killed last month in the area around Long Pond, and that he owns seven dogs that are all white German shepherds.

"No, it wasn't my dog," Sebastian said of the animal identified by genetic tests as a wolf-dog hybrid. "My dogs are not hybrids. Where that hybrid came from, I don't know."

Sebastian, war chief of the Eastern Pequot tribe, has been the focus of the investigation that state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officers launched Sunday after being alerted to the presence of a possible wolf-dog hybrid, which is illegal in Connecticut. The animal was shot by a local resident after it and two other canines surrounded the man while he was outside near his horse barn. A neighbor trained in animal science collected tissue samples and sent them to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, which determined the animal was a wolf-dog hybrid.

On Wednesday, a DEEP EnCon officer took a statement from the man and visited Sebastian's property. DEEP said Sebastian agreed to allow a veterinarian to take tissue samples from his animals for DNA testing at the same University of California lab. The officers warned Sebastian to keep his animals under control and on his property, DEEP said in a news release.

If test results show the animals are wolf-dog hybrids, EnCon officers can seize them under state law, DEEP said. The officers "acted after reports from neighbors of the Long Pond area on the North Stonington/Ledyard border that they have been threatened by menacing dogs that could be wolf/dog hybrids," DEEP said in a statement.

Sebastian and his wife, Colleen, said they have had white German shepherds for about 25 years and never kept vicious animals. They said people have been unfairly jumping to conclusions and "pointing the finger" at them and their dogs.

"I have nothing to hide," Sebastian said, standing in a fenced-in area outside his house with two of his dogs and two horses. "My dogs don't attack anybody."

He said one of his dogs went missing "a couple of months ago" but he is certain it is not the animal that was shot and killed.

"Every dog gets out once in a while," he said.

Colleen Sebastian questioned why the man who shot the dog didn't report the incident to police and town animal control officers immediately after it happened. The incident happened in late February, and the test results were received last week and DEEP officials alerted Sunday.

"You don't tell anybody for a month that you shot a dog?" she asked. "I don't understand that."

More than a year ago, state and local animal control officers went to Sebastian's property, seized some of the 17 dogs he had there and instructed him to keep no more than six animals and to keep them on his property, North Stonington First Selectman Nick Mullane said. There have been periodic complaints to authorities over the years about Sebastian's dogs roaming freely, he said, and "sometimes the jurisdiction gets fuzzy" between the reservation property and the town boundaries of Ledyard, North Stonington and Stonington.

Clint Tupper of Stonington said Wednesday that five or six of Sebastian's dogs chased and nearly bit him while he was riding his motorcycle on Lantern Hill Road about two years ago. He said he complained to the resident state trooper, but that the officer told him he could not take action because Sebastian lives on reservation property. The Eastern Pequots are a state-recognized tribe.

"When they pack, they're not to be messed with," Tupper said of the dogs. "Somebody's going to get hurt."

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said that if the tests show Sebastian's dogs are not hybrids, the matter could be turned over to state and local animal control officers, who would have jurisdiction over issues with domestic roaming dogs.

EnCon officers have jurisdiction over wildlife issues, including wolf-dog hybrids.

That would still, however, leave unanswered questions about the origin of the animal that was shot. Schain said officers would need to continue the investigation to learn more about that animal, and would also re-examine the genetic test that was conducted.


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1 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:03 PM PDT by Third Person
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2 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Out in the boondocks, loose dogs in a pack are dead dogs. Or should be. Just like in Alaska. What are the neighbors waiting for? Some kids to be killed at a school-bus stop?


3 posted on 03/27/2014 1:27:39 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( The Republican Party is very sick . Hold all contributions until we see who picks up the patient..)
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To: Third Person

I know many of the Sebastians slightly. I’m not a bit surprised.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 1:28:01 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Third Person

I knew a man raising wolves and wolf hybrids. Frankly, I think it’s crazy. But he and his kids were not attacked. On the other hand, I suspect he knew what he was doing. He said, “They’re pack animals. You start when they’re small and roll them on their backs a lot so they grow up realizing you’re the lead pack wolf.” The problem is if they get out. I’d live in fear if I had small kids walking to the bus stop in the dark.

My Mom is 97. The kids mostly rode horses to school. The boys brought guns and hunted on their way home and the family ate what they shot. (This was the 1920’s in rural Ohio.) Back when kids going to school could be menaced by wolves, it was the wolves in trouble, not the kids.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 1:28:41 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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Why is the test done in CA? Who is paying to ship it cross country? IIRC, UConn could test it.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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I don’t need to see the results of a DNA test to tell that the dog in that photo is NOT a wolf-dog hybrid. That is white German Shepherd.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 1:41:14 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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Do not poke the war chief with a stick...


8 posted on 03/27/2014 1:43:48 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Third Person
This sounds like rampant Lupophobia. I've known many dogs with a bit of wolf in them. One of my dogs was probably about 1/8th or at least 1/16 th wolf. They're quite common in the far north, where I lived for a few decades. BTW,packs of feral domestic dogs are far more dangerous than wild wolves.
9 posted on 03/27/2014 1:44:34 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Third Person

The Eastern Pequots are not the operators of Foxwood, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequots. The Eastern Pequots split in the 1700s.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:47:18 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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Direwolf.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 1:54:33 PM PDT by Tallguy
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“My dogs don’t attack anybody.”

Everyone says that. But get them away from people, and in a pack it’s a different story.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 2:26:44 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Third Person

Looks like a german shepherd to me.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 2:45:20 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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DOG WHISPERER Wolf Hybrids are a bad deal
14 posted on 03/27/2014 3:02:02 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Third Person

“War Chief” huh?


15 posted on 03/27/2014 3:04:33 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Shyla

Ping

It’s been awhile, hoping you are well.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 3:12:44 PM PDT by kanawa
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Is anything legal in Collecticut?
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17 posted on 03/27/2014 3:32:21 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Dallas59

BS!

We had a half wolf bitch that was the best family dog anyone could ask for. Wolves have strong pack instincts which makes them very protective of the family, but females are not typically aggressive without provocation.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 3:39:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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WOOOF!

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19 posted on 03/27/2014 3:44:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Don’t rub it in. I’m a masochistic business owner in CT.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 4:09:49 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

German Shepherds can’t be mistaken for wolves. And as far as I know, no white German Shepherd has ever looked like a typical wolf.

And I have a black German Shepherd and no one would mistake my dog for a wolf.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 4:22:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Third Person
He said one of his dogs went missing "a couple of months ago" but he is certain it is not the animal that was shot and killed.

"Every dog gets out once in a while," he said.

Whatever else is or is not going on here, Sebastian is a moron.

22 posted on 03/27/2014 5:20:30 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: editor-surveyor

My parents had a rescue dog that looked like a small German Shepherd. My mother fed,bathed and brushed it back to health.
Then took it to the Navy Veterinarian; my dad was career Navy.
The vet took one look and said ‘half wolf, you can’t bring it in here’! After a bit of stand off he agreed to see his new patient.

That wolf dog(?) and my parents spent many,many good years together.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: WayneS

Yup.

Sure seems like it.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 7:01:27 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: goldstategop

To some people, any dog with upright ears and a bushy coat is a wolf.

Just like all broad-skulled dogs are Pits.

You can’t fix stupid.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Veterinarians have to obey the law, or go out of business.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 4:08:58 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Salamander

>> “You can’t fix stupid.” <<

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Just think about all the amusement that would be destroyed if you did.
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27 posted on 03/30/2014 4:11:05 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: goldstategop

>> “German Shepherds can’t be mistaken for wolves.” <<

True, if one is aware of the distinct differences in their pelvic structures.
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28 posted on 03/30/2014 4:14:18 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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