From Tribune staff reports
SHELBY COUNTY — An infant in Shelby County died from injuries suspected to have been caused by a pet “wolf-Hybrid,” according to a statement from Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego.
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,” Samaniego said. “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 veterinarian at the request of law enforcement, and has been transported to the Alabama State Diagnostics Laboratory in Auburn for further examination and investigation, according to Samaniego.
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.