Pet wolf/dog transported out of Jefferson County to New Mexico

Rit has his new pack 1,721 miles later.

What would you do if you found a wolf or two in your neighborhood?

That scenario left officials at the Jefferson County Humane Society scratching their heads earlier this month.

But with a little help from the community, the society raised enough funds in less than an hour to get the animal so it can join its new pack.

"This is definitely unique,” said Brandi Damewood, communications director of the Jefferson County Humane Society. “And this kind of proves our point that we are here for every animal here in our county."

Owner Russ Loy raised the hybrid wolf dog, but has fallen on tougher times.

"I wanted to do the right thing, but I didn’t know what to do," he said.

"So that put us in a strange predicament because we don’t have the means to house a hybrid dog, or hybrid wolf," Damewood said.

The state is under strict guidelines when it comes to owning exotic pets.

Loy has had his faithful and furry companion since he was just a pup.

"Unfortunately, there are not that many wolf sanctuaries in our area,” Damewood said. “We asked every one of them that we possibly could find, and we finally came across one in New Mexico."

The Humane Society took to Facebook, and 45 minutes later, there was enough money to cover the transport -- from Jefferson County to Ramah, N.M.

"Really, that’s amazing, isn’t it?” Loy said. “There’s a lot of people out there that have a lot of compassion and understanding. Like I said, it really touches my heart."

And believe it or not, the transporter even had another wolf in her van headed to Ramah -- this one much more social than Rit, Loy’s wolf/dog.

"This is my only job,” transporter Susan Reeder said. “I love my job. I gave up working in the medical field to do this. I wouldn’t have it any other way."

But after a bitter sweet goodbye.

"Like a double-edge sword,” Loy said. “I’m gonna miss him. He’s 11-and-a-half years old. I’ve had him since he was 10 days, but knowing he’s going to have a better life now does my heart good."

Rit has his new pack 1,721 miles later.

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