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Police seize wolf, say it might be a dog

Oct. 22, 2009 at 6:54 PM

AUSTIN, Minn., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Authorities in Minnesota said a seized animal that was sold as a wolf, but may actually be a dog, will be given a new home.

Austin Police said a city man purchased the animal, named Dakota, through Craigslist from an online seller who claimed the animal was a wolf. Authorities alerted to the animal by the purchaser's mother-in-law seized the animal because Mower County law forbids the keeping of a wolf as a pet, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, reported Thursday.

However, some experts said Dakota does not appear to be a wolf, but rather a white German shepherd.

Police officials said Dakota is being turned over to an organization that has promised to find her a new home regardless of her heritage.

Officers said the purchaser is not being charged with a crime because he apparently did not know about the county law.

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