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Sanctuary that took in wolf-hybrids in rescue receives $50,000 grant

The sanctuary that took in the majority of the wolf-hybrids rescued from an Alexandria mountaintop last month has received a $50,000 grant to put toward the care of the animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded the grant earlier this month to the New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center in Chatham, which was taken over by the California-based Lockwood Animal Rescue Center this fall.

Most of the 25 wolf-hybrids sent to the sanctuary were suffering from “long-standing illnesses” and are now receiving treatment, according to a news release. They will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and receive antibiotics until they are well enough to live in their enclosed outdoor habitats funded by the ASPCA.

Alexandria police Chief Donald Sullivan said an investigation is ongoing into potential animal cruelty charges against the former owners, who were running a sanctuary in Alexandria until they were evicted. No arrests have been made.

The Enfield-based Upper Valley Humane Society coordinated the complicated rescue operation that began in September.

Executive Director Deborah Turcott previously said the humane society took in those four animals from the rescue because she believes they don’t have wolf-like traits.

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