Chatham, n.h. — The sanctuary that took in the majority of wolf-hybrids rescued from an Alexandria, N.H., mountaintop last month has received a $50,000 grant to put toward the care of the animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded the grant earlier this month to the New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center in Chatham, N.H., which was taken over by the California-based Lockwood Animal Rescue Center this fall.

Most of the 25 wolf-hybrids sent to the sanctuary were suffering from “long-standing illnesses” and are now receiving treatment, according to a news release. They will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and receive antibiotics until they are well enough to live in their enclosed outdoor habitats funded by the ASPCA.

Alexandria Police Chief Donald Sullivan said an investigation is ongoing into potential animal cruelty charges against the former owners, who were running a sanctuary in Alexandria until they were evicted. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, one of four wolf-hybrid animals involved in the rescue who were taken in by the Enfield-based Upper Valley Humane Society will be on hand at an event in Woodstock tonight. The humane society coordinated the complicated rescue operation that began in September.

Executive Director Deborah Turcott said Jagger will be joining her on stage at the Woodstock Inn during a special appeal at an auction to benefit the organization. As part of the event, Turcott will talk about the rescue.

She previously said the humane society took in those four animals from the rescue because she believes they don’t have wolf-like traits.

The auction event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $95. Information is available by calling 603-448-6888.

Maggie Cassidy can be reached at or 603-727-3220.