'Free puppy' advert not quite what it seemed

When a student in Arizona was offered a free puppy, he jumped at the chance, drawn in by the creature's beautiful eyes and coat. But the puppy's strange behaviour and developing appearance soon raised some uncomfortable questions.

Neo, as the puppy was named, was incredibly skittish and nervous, and wouldn't be housetrained, reports The Dodo. He couldn't cope with travelling in the car and was overly attached to his owner.

Via Wolf Connection

Via Wolf Connection

Neo had to spend all of his time in back garden, as his owner was either studying or working all day. To cope, Neo continuously escaped, with surprising agility and strength, to play with the neighbour's dogs.

The neighbour became suspicious of Neo's behaviour. He hated interacting with people he didn't know, refusing treats and avoiding eye contact, and hiding himself away. Tired of the continuous intrusion, the neighbour took Neo to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for help. It was here that Neo was first identified for what he really was - a wolf.

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Via Wolf Connection

Finally, Neo could live somewhere his needs could be met. He now resides at Wolf Connection, a non-profit sanctuary and wilderness retreat in California, and lives happily in a pack.

Via Wolf Connection

Via Wolf Connection

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