WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials removed a half-dozen red foxes, three coyotes, and other animals from an unlicensed rehabilitation center in Michigan where the owner’s 2-year-old granddaughter lost an arm after reaching into a pen with two wolf-dog hybrids.
State conservation officers searching the Howling Timbers facility Friday in Muskegon also found 47 dogs that are believed to have been crossbred with wolves or other wolf-dog hybrids.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said it learned in August that a girl had been bitten in July after putting her arm into a cage.
“No person should be allowed near those dogs,” conservation officer Anna Cullen said in a release.
“It’s not fair to this child who lost an arm. We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of anyone who may encounter any animal at Howling Timbers, including the health and safety of all the animals at the facility.”
The agency revoked owner Brenda Pearson’s wildlife rehabilitation permit in 2010.
Her granddaughter may have reached through a chain-link fence for the collar of a penned animal when she was attacked, Pearson told the Associated Press.
“We ran over and picked her up and her arm was missing from the elbow down,” she said.
There were no bite wounds on the arm when Pearson picked it up a short time later, she said.
The girl was rushed to a hospital where she underwent surgery on her right arm, Pearson added.