Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Jersey: Cliff Zager's wolf hybrid attacked and killed a cat; fourth time his hybrids have been loose

NEW JERSEY -- Holland Township police continue to search for a wolf dog that escaped with five others on Wednesday and was hit by a vehicle on Route 519 in front of Dutch Hill Market.

Six of the hybrid animals escaped Wednesday morning through a damaged portion of their pen on Spring Garden Road.

As of 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, all but one had been captured, but not before one of the wolf hybrid dogs had mauled and killed a cat, police say in alerts posted on the township Web site.

Upon completion of the investigation, charges will be filed, according to the police Web site.

The lone remaining escapee was struck by a vehicle about 9:40 p.m. Police and Cliff Zager, who owns the wolf dogs, searched a nearby cornfield, but could not find the animal. It was last seen about 8 o'clock this morning  in the area of the Farmhouse Inn. The severity of the animal's injuries is unknown.

Township police Sgt. John Harris said Wednesday this is at least the fourth time the wolf dogs have gotten loose in the past few years.

The dogs are the subject of a proposed ordinance in the township. But Zager, who owns 14 wolf dogs, thinks the township has a personal vendetta against him.

(Lehigh Valley Live - Oct 1, 2009)