Yolo County supervisors on Tuesday rejected an Esparto woman’s appeal to keep her wolf-hybrid dogs, after the county seized the animals last month.
The Board of Supervisors spent more than an hour deliberating about the animals, reviewing testimony from owner Shandale White, 24, and a DNA test from UC Davis. A 2007 ordinance passed by supervisors banned hybrid dogs and cats in the county because of the danger they pose to the community.
Vicky Fletcher, chief animal services officer for the county, said White was conducting an illegal breeding operation at her Esparto home, advertising wolf-hybrid dogs for sale on Facebook and Craigslist at up to $1,800 each. Neighbor complaints about odor eventually led animal services officers to investigate.
On April 24, officers entered the property and seized eight animals, five adults and three puppies.
White disputed that she had advertised the dogs for sale online. Her lawyer, Isaac Choy, said a business partner posted the ads, according to video from the Tuesday board meeting.
Efforts to reach White were unsuccessful.
Supervisors decided to return one dog to White because the animal was not included in the advertisements. Yolo officials are holding the rest and plan to send them to rescue groups outside the county.
“The last thing we need is wolves walking through the streets of Esparto,” said Matt Rexroad, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “That’s not good for public safety.”
Fletcher said she hasn’t seen a case like this in her 29-year career with the county’s animal services section.
According to Fletcher, White has been cited on multiple violations, including running an illegal kennel and possession of wolf-hybrids, which typically carry fines.