State Fair exhibitors bring awareness to animal smuggling

State Fair exhibitors bring awareness to animal smuggling problem

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –There is a new unusual exhibit at this year’s state fair with a mission of saving families from dangerous pets.

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary has wolves, wolf dogs, dingoes and the rare New Guinea singing dogs on display.

All were destined at one point to be someone’s pet. Some of these animals were smuggled into the U.S. Illegally for breeding but now are staying at the wolf sanctuary near Ramah, New Mexico.

This year, they’re making their first appearance at the fair.

“We are here to teach people that wild animals are not your pet and we’re also here to demonstrate these wolves are not the big bad beasts that run amok and eat your children but should never be in your home as a pet,” says Executive Director Leyton Cougar of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

While personnel at the sanctuary do come into contact with the animals, they explain to visitors that it has taken a long time to build up the relationships that they have with these animals and that they are still wild. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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