Tiger in Spain 0 Posted July 19, 2006 Share Posted July 19, 2006 Keep them well fed Westmoreland woman found dead in wolf penHumane agents warned a Westmoreland County woman it was only a matter of time before the wolf hybrids she kept as pets turned on her. Authorities are trying to determine if the pets attacked and killed Sandra L. Piovesan, whose body was found mauled in the fenced pen where the hybrids were housed on her Salem Township property. Cyril Wecht and Associates is conducting an autopsy to determine if Piovesan, 50, was stricken by a medical problem or was killed by what authorities described as wolf hybrids, also known as wolf dogs. Piovesan, who lived alone, had raised and bred wolf hybrids for several years, sometimes drawing complaints from neighbors to township and state officials. (snip) Piovesan's daughter, Crystal, found her mother's body when she went to the home yesterday morning after Piovesan failed to meet her for breakfast. State police Trooper Brian Gross said Piovesan's body was mauled "pretty bad" by the hybrids. Gross said humane officers tranquilized the six animals before troopers shot and killed them. "When we approached the pen, the wolves were excited, acting in a pack, walking side to side along the (8-foot-high) fence," Gross said. He said troopers spoke with Piovesan's family before putting down the animals to protect those who retrieved the body. Family and friends said Piovesan adored her exotic pets and always went into the pen to feed them. She sometimes kept nearly a dozen wolf hybrids and occasionally invited visitors inside the pen to see them. She built a playground with tunnels and climbing stations for the animals. Wolf hybrids do not make good pets, experts say. Link Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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