Virginians may want to rethink owning a hybrid pet after an attack on an infant in Alabama

Cheryl E Preston
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Hybrid pets are legal in Virginia but can be banned in certain localities

Hybrid animals are dogs that are mixed with wolves or coyotes. It is not illegal to own one as a pet in Virginia but according to Tingen Law localities in the Commonwealth may ban them if they choose.

Considering what happened in Alabama recently Virginians may want to think twice about owning hybrid animals as pets. News Nation is reporting that an infant in Chelsea died after being attacked by the family's pet wolf.

“It’s been confirmed that one of our children here in Chelsea was killed by an exotic family pet and succumbed to their injuries yesterday afternoon after being taken to the hospital by Chelsea Fire & Rescue,” Picklesimer said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate and tragic event. We lift up the family and all those affected with our deepest prayers and thoughts.”

If a locality in Virginia has banned hybrid dogs and one is found Virginia law indicates this is a Class 3 Misdemeanor. The second offense will become a Class 1 Misdemeanor.


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