Infant killed after being attacked by Alabama family’s wolf-hybrid pet, officials report

Published 10:07 am Friday, December 1, 2023

Officials have launched an investigation into the death of an Alabama infant that was attacked by a family pet described as being a wolf-hybrid.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook Friday that on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at approximately 12:54 pm Shelby County 911 received an emergency call reporting an animal attack involving an infant at a residence in the area of County Road 440 in Chelsea.

Shelby County deputies, Chelsea firefighters, and Shelby County Animal Control Officers responded to the scene. The infant was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, with a law enforcement escort.

Upon arrival at the hospital, the infant was pronounced dead due to injuries suspected to have been caused by the animal.

The animal is described as a wolf-hybrid and was reportedly kept as a pet by the family of the infant.

The animal was euthanized at the scene by an area Vet, at the request of law enforcement, and has been transported to the Alabama State Diagnostics Laboratory in Auburn for further examination and investigation.

Officials say there is no threat to the public.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the death of the infant.