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.