Wolf-dogs on loose in Dowagiac

By: Nick McGurk Email
By: Nick McGurk Email

For years, neighbors have been complaining about roughly 20 wolf-dog breed animals. They say the wolf-dogs have been escaping from their pen on a property that is often abandoned.

Dan Carrington lives next to the property, and he says the animals howl at night and walk onto his yard. The animals scare his children.

"My son will not walk 50 feet from the front door to the chicken pen, to throw the chickens some food, because he's scared that he's gonna get attacked by a wolf, between there and there, and I don't blame him, he's nine years old,” said Carrington.

Carrington walks near the neighboring property and points to signs that warn of dog and “dangerous wolf dog.”

For years, he says, they’ve crossed over onto his land. On Sunday afternoon, he says he wants to show us what he’s talking about. So he walks up the gravel driveway, through a curve on the road lined with forest. In the center of a clearing littered with piles of trash and scrap metal is a pen surrounded by two fences.

One animal roams inside.

“Last week there was 20 of them in there,” said Carrington. “That looks like the pup that I saw this morning outside my house,” he added.

Soon after, the animal escapes under the fences.

"He escaped from the cage, and ran off, you guys just saw it!” said Carrington.

The 36-year-old animal owner is only in town on weekends, his stepmother said. She is Dorotha Pasley, and she says there were at least 16 wolf-dogs in the pen roughly a week ago.

Cass County Animal Control likely came to take them away last weekend, she said.

Complaints from neighbors were mounting, she said – and one neighbor shot two animals that were apparently on his property.

She says she understands why neighbors are upset.

"You live next door, and you have two children, what's your feeling? You live down the road, you've got a child, what's your feeling?” she said.

For Carrington, he says his feeling is outrage. At least one animal is still on the loose next to his yard and he says that is unacceptable.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

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