Police have announced on Wednesday that a Kentucky woman who has been missing since Saturday, probably was eaten by the wolf-dogs that she homed and raised.
Patricia Ritz, 67, of Fordsville had more that 50 hybrid wolf-dogs on her property that she cared for, before she went missing.
A wolf-dog is a hybrid between a gray wolf and a dog and it is estimated that there are approximately 300,000 wolf-dogs in the United States. Many times breeders will breed a wolf with a German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute or a Siberian Husky.
Neighbors called the authorities when they had not seen her for over a week. When Police arrived they found a human skull and a jawbone on her property which they believe belong to Ritz, reports WFIE News.
There has not been positive confirmation that the wolf-dogs killed her, as neighbors said that she had not been feeling well before she went missing, but it is thought the wolf-dogs could have eaten her after she had died.
Ritz has been convicted several times for animal cruelty with her dogs starting in 1986, according to NBC News. She was ordered to spray and neuter the dogs, but she never did.
The number of wolf-dogs grew to over 200 in 1999 before public health officials stepped in and euthanized 150 for various reasons.
The wolf-dogs found on her property this week ranged from puppies to grown dogs and some were running free and others were caged. All looked malnourished and sickly and a few were dead.
The Ohio County Coroner is working to officially identify the remains.