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Malmo, Nebraska Wolf-Dogs Threatened by Village

Is this a new form of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) hysteria? As far as I can tell, these dogs have never threatened anyone or anything....

Joy  |  Feb 23rd 2008


Is this a new form of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) hysteria? As far as I can tell, these dogs have never threatened anyone or anything. The worst anyone can say is that maybe the rabies vaccine doesn’t work but there’s no evidence either way according to the vet on the video.

Thanks to Lynn H. for barking in this KETV.com article.

Wolf-Dogs May Land Malmo Man In Jail
Hybrid No Longer Welcome In Saunders County Village

February 22, 2008

MALMO, Neb. — Hybrid dogs may land their owners in a Saunders County courtroom.

David Hall, of Malmo, is facing criminal charges for raising hybrid wolf-dogs. He said the village licensed his hybrids twice and then stopped.

Hall said his dogs are just like anyone else’s.

“My dogs are very predictable. They’re all nice dogs, easy-going dogs, gentle for their size,” Hall said.

Hall said his wolf-dogs have never bitten anyone, including the children who play with them regularly. If anything, Hall said, he is worried about neighbors hurting the dogs. One dog was already poisoned to death, and another survived a gunshot wound.

Malmo Village Attorney Jim McGough said the hybrids are unpredictable.

“Those hybrid animals should not be in the village at all,” McGough said. “Most importantly, there’s not a vaccination that’s proven to be effective for the rabies issue.”

State veterinarian Annette Bredthauer agreed that there is no proof the standard rabies vaccine works in wolf-dogs.

“Without scientific research, we don’t know how the vaccine would react in the wolf-dog hybrids. It’s a matter of gambling with someone’s life, so we need to follow the rules,” Bredthauer said.

“I’m trying my hardest to abide by their rules, but when they keep changing them–,” Hall said, throwing his arms up in the air.

Hall said Malmo licensed his wolf-dogs in 2005 and 2006 but not since.

“I can’t speak to what may or may not have happened in the past,” McGough said. “What I do know is, right now, those individuals are not in compliance with the village ordinances.”

Hall is scheduled in court next week to fight for his wolf-dogs. He could go to jail if he loses.

“This is a fight I will not lose,” Hall said.

Wolf-dogs are banned in the city of Omaha.

Follow this link to watch the video.