How did an Australian Dingo come to be in Florida…AND in rescue? It’s simple…people! Six pups were sent from a Dingo Recovery program to the United States. Two ended up with a couple in Florida. The man had come from Australia and wanted some of his homeland it seems. Dingoes are the wild dog of Australia like the wolf or coyote and are generally treated as a “nuisance” animal. Highly intelligent, they grow to only about 45 lbs.
They allowed the pups to breed and then had problems with law enforcement due to not following captive wildlife laws. Dingoes require Class III FWC permits and special containment in Florida. Well a lot happened in their lives in that next year and the short of it is that another rescuer got a call that six dingoes needed placement. Shy Wolf Sanctuary had originally planned on taking two but had since filled our habitats, mostly with coyotes. So a rescuer from NC came down and picked them up. That’s when she found out one of the girls was pregnant. Six pups were born but only three survived.