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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006, 02:46:04 AM »
'Hybrid Mutant' Found Dead in Maine
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TURNER, Maine - Residents are wondering if an animal found dead over the weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled dogs, frightened residents and been the subject of local legend for half a generation. The animal was found near power lines along Route 4 on Saturday, apparently struck by a car while chasing a cat. The carcass was photographed and inspected by several people who live in the area, but nobody is sure exactly what it is.

Michelle O'Donnell of Turner spotted the animal near her yard about a week before it was killed. She called it a "hybrid mutant of something."

"It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget," she told the Sun Journal of Lewiston. "We locked eyes for a few seconds and then it took off. I've lived in Maine my whole life and I've never seen anything like it."

For the past 15 years, residents across Androscoggin County have reported seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night. The animal has been blamed for attacking and killing a Doberman pinscher and a Rottweiler the past couple of years.

People from Litchfield, Sabattus, Greene, Turner, Lewiston and Auburn have come forward to speak of a mystery monster that roams the woods. Nobody knows for sure what it is, and theories have ranged from a hyena or dingo to a fisher or coydog, an offspring of a coyote and a wild dog.

Now, people are asking if the mystery beast and the animal killed over the weekend are one and the same.

Wildlife officials and animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains. By Tuesday, the carcass had been picked clean by vultures and there was not much left of the dead animal.

Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said it's unlikely that the animal was anybody's pet.

After reviewing photos of the carcass, Coleman said he was bothered by the animal's ears and snout. It reminded him of a case years ago in northern Maine in which an animal shot by a hunter could not be identified. In the end, wildlife officials got a DNA analysis that showed the animal was a rare wolf-dog hybrid, he said.

Mike O'Donnell, who is married to Michelle O'Donnell, said the animal looked "half-rodent, half-dog" to him.

It was charcoal gray, weighed between 40 and 50 pounds and had a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips, he said. It looked like "something out of a Stephen King story."

"This is something I've never seen before. It's an evil-looking thing," he said.

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Just An Ugly Chow?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006, 02:46:55 AM »
Expert: 'Hybrid' Creature Is Just a Dog
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TURNER, Maine - An expert who examined the remains of a mystery creature believes it was a wild dog. But that hasn't stopped runaway speculation about the beast and whether it was responsible for mauling dogs and frightening residents. Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said he didn't know for sure what the animal was based on his examination of its remains Wednesday, but added  "I think this dead animal is a chow or chow-mix, a relatively small dog, that was feral, which is unusual for that area," he told the Sun Journal newspaper.

State wildlife biologists and local animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains of the animal, which was found Saturday along Route 4. It was apparently hit by a car while chasing a cat.

Without any official findings, the creature obtained near-mythical status as word spread in the media and on the Internet.

Some say it's simply a dog. Others say it's a goat-sheep hybrid. Still others weighed in that the creature may have been a Tasmanian devil, a dingo, a wolf or coyote. Some of the more outlandish theories involve mutations and extraterrestrials.

People from Litchfield, Sabattus, Greene, Turner, Lewiston and Auburn have come forward to speak of a mystery monster that roams the woods.

"It's crazy. Everybody's talking about it. We sold out of newspapers by 9 this morning," said Debi Bodwell, who was at work at Schrep's Corner Store in Turner. "Everybody is mad because the game wardens haven't come out to take a look at it."

By the time Coleman arrived on Wednesday there wasn't much left. The internal organs and skull were gone. All that was left were some bones and skin.

Nonetheless, he came away with a paw and other body parts to be examined later. Another paw was taken by the Sun Journal, which was exploring the possibility of conducting DNA tests.

One person who remains convinced that the creature was no dog was the woman whose photos were carried in the Sun Journal and in news organizations across the country. Michelle O'Donnell doesn't know what it is, but she's convinced it wasn't a dog.

Nonetheless, she's surprised by the interest in the creature.

"I didn't know the story would be this big," she said. "My phone has been ringing off the hook."

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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2006, 10:55:49 AM »
i love prison planet, and yes, i listen to neil bortz.   :-D
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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006, 01:55:49 PM »
Thats an ugly dog, are the sure its the thing thats been terrorizing the area?

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DNA tests for mystery beast
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2006, 04:37:37 AM »
Is a mystery beast that frightened Maine residents and preyed on pets a dog-wolf hybrid or something alien?

A lab in Toronto is doing DNA tests to try to find out.

For 15 years, residents in Androscoggin County in Maine have reported seeing and hearing an animal with glowing eyes and a chilling cry that was blamed for killing pet dogs. The animal looked "half rodent, half dog," said Mike O'Donnell, of Turner, Maine, adding it looked like "something out of a Stephen King story." The roaming creature weighed about 20 kilograms and had a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips.

When a mysterious animal of similar weight with charcoal-coloured fur, blue eyes and blue lips was apparently hit by a car while chasing a cat two weeks ago, the Sun Journal newspaper in Lewiston, Maine, was inundated with calls from residents wanting to know if it was the same beast. Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist who studies animals that are rumoured to exist, examined the creature and concluded it was likely a feral dog, but questions lingered.

The newspaper sent a piece of the beast's leg to HealthGene Corp. in Toronto, a laboratory specializing in veterinary DNA testing, for a conclusive answer. "We are testing for potential DNA in this animal, like dog, wolf, fox, human," Yuri Melekhovets, laboratory director of HealthGen, said with a laugh. "I don't know, it seems like nobody knows... So it's a beast."

Scientists use different probes to identify known DNA, but it's only on TV shows that "aliens" can be tested, Melekhovets said. "If it's a real beast, we don't have any probes, unfortunately." In that case, it will remain of "unknown origin."

He likened the probes to using night vision goggles to see inside a dark room. Without a probe tool for an animal, the DNA cannot be identified. For example, dog-wolf hybrids are common, but if the dog is a mix of breeds such as Shar-Pei, German shepherd and Huskie crossed with a wolf, then the results can be "strange," he said.

So far, the lab has extracted DNA. The results are expected next week and will be sent to the Sun Journal.

The findings can suggest whether dog or wolf genes are present, but percentages cannot be determined.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Case closed
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2006, 05:35:22 AM »
September 2, 2006

Lewiston, Maine - DNA tests have removed the veil of mystery from a creature that created a media and Internet sensation. It was just a dog - 100% dog, according to the Sun Journal. The newspaper ordered up tests to end the speculation by readers who thought the creature may have been a Tasmanian devil, a dingo, a wolf, or coyote. Some of the more outlandish theories involve mutations and extraterrestrials.

Dr. Yuri Melekovets, the laboratory director at HealthGene Corp. in Toronto, said he's certain the creature was just a dog.

The animal, which was hit by a car while chasing a cat, was photographed by a resident. People in Turner speculated that it had been a mystery creature that killed pets and screamed at night , terrorizing residents. It had a short snout, small ears, and blue eyes.

State wildlife biologists and local animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains of the animal.

Without any official findings, the creature obtained near-mythical status as word spread in the media and on the Internet. The newspaper obtained a paw from the animal's remains and ordered up its own tests.

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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006, 06:19:41 AM »
How odd, did anyone claim ownership over the animal? Or was it a rouge dog?

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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006, 07:31:18 AM »
he could have at least given us the breed, so i'll know what sort of dog to not get.   *<:)
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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2006, 07:32:41 AM »
They said it was chow-mix

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Re: The Death-Hound is Dead!
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006, 07:34:59 AM »
chows are an ugly breed. 
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