I wish to address the story that was in The Columbia County News Times Jan. 4 about the wolf hybrids that were rescued by Luanne Price.
As an animal lover myself, I wish to applaud her for nursing these poor creatures back to health and attempting to save their lives from a law that should have been allowed to grandfather the dogs as well as the owner. These animals have been given a second chance by Price, and this situation breaks my heart .
As we all know, we have a stray problem in the area, there are many people who own animals but very few animal owners. This wonderful lady has extended her heart to these two poor, unfortunate creatures that were left behind by people who owned them. I pray that the Department of Natural Resources could make an exception in this case that would allow Price the privilege to become Pawnee and Kiowas owner.
I have done extensive research on the origin of dogs and found that according to scientists all dogs evolved from wolves that humans tamed more than 15,000 years ago in China.
This fact was stated in the BBC World Science news, as well as an article in a 2001 issue of National Geograph-ic magazine. In regard to this research, does this mean that we all need to relocate Fluffy the teacup poodle and Rin Tin Tin to a state that has no wolf hybrid restrictions?
I have also looked up the word hybrid, and according to Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary this means an animal that is breed by two different species, varieties or breeds, and who would believe that in this same dictionary the meaning of dog is a domesticated, carnivorous, mammal of many varieties, any of various other species of this family that includes foxes and wolves. That would put 75 percent of the state in violation of the wolf hybrid restriction.
There are many different types of dogs that are different shapes, sizes and have different temperaments, but in the hands of the right owner who will take full responsibility for the care and the actions of any hybrid - including Fluffy, whose 15th great-great-great grandfather was fathered by a sixth-generation wolf in China - these wonderful creatures can be a blessing.
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