SCANDAL OF KILLER 'WOLF DOGS' FOR SALE; Granny Offers Wild Pets at Pounds 400 a Time - despite NINE Deaths

By Kellaway, Robert | The People (London, England), February 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

SCANDAL OF KILLER 'WOLF DOGS' FOR SALE; Granny Offers Wild Pets at Pounds 400 a Time - despite NINE Deaths


Kellaway, Robert, The People (London, England)


DANGEROUS young wolf-dogs are being sold to all-comers by a grey- haired granny at pounds 400 a time - with no questions asked.

One of breeder Edwina Harrison's "wolf cubs" has already savaged a 22- month-old toddler, leaving him scarred for life.

And in the United States the animals are said to have been involved in the deaths of NINE people.

American animal welfare expert Stephen Zewistrowski gave parents this frightening warning: "Anyone suggesting that these animals are safe near children has to be crackers.

"The cries of a very young child are at a similar frequency to a wolf's natural prey.

"They can trigger an adult wolf-dog to attack and kill because it suddenly thinks the child is squealing like a rabbit."

Despite these chilling words, Mrs Harrison, 65, is prepared to sell her animals to people living in cramped homes with young children.

She offered our investigators two cubs which were both three-quarters Canadian timber wolf.

SHE DIDN'T warn that the cute puppies would grow into fierce and unpredictable animals as big as rottweilers.

SHE DIDN'T explain the animals' instinct to dominate a pack by force - an instinct which only shows itself in adulthood.

BUT SHE DID claim that they would be "no problem," even in a tiny city flat .

Edwina cross-breeds the wolves with powerful German alsatians and Siberian husky dogs at her farm near Newark, Notts. She said: "When these animals join your family they become part of your pack.

"They are no problem with young children. They will instinctively protect a child.

"Wolves will look to the head of the house as the leading wolf in the pack and they will submit to the dominant male.

"There is no problem keeping a wolf in a city flat without a garden, as long as you look after it and exercise it properly.

"Why shouldn't you be able to keep a wolf just because you don't have a big house with a garden?

"I have letters from delighted customers who say they are safe with children and make wonderful pets."

Fifteen months ago little Jaye Coxhead was attacked by his parents' wolf-dog Ishtar at their home in Pentraeth on Anglesey. …

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