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Animal Control officials in Aurora, Colorado seized a senior dog and refused to return him to the family that has loved him for the last decade because, they said, he looked like a wolf-hybrid. Now 5 weeks later, DNA test results prove what his owners say they’ve known all along – their dog is not a wolf.
The Abbato family adopted Capone from the Adams County Animal Shelter nearly 10 years ago where he was listed as a German Shepherd mix. For a decade, Capone has been a member of the family, sleeping in the family home, playing with his canine brothers, and living a wonderful life with the only family he’s ever known.
Five weeks ago, Capone escaped his backyard. Aurora Animal Control picked him up on the day he escaped. But, when the Abbatos came to collect him from the shelter, they were turned away. Animal Control officials said that based on his appearance, mannerisms, and behavior, they suspected Capone was part wolf and refused to return him until DNA tests proved otherwise.
Now, the DNA results are in and they confirm that Capone is 100% dog with not even a small percentage of wolf in his genetic makeup. But, due to pending litigation, he remains at the shelter for a few more days.
Capone’s owner, Tracy Abboto is facing violations of animal running at large, keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at which time a judge will hear the case and make a decision about pending charges and Capone’s right to return home.
“Poor guy… I don’t know what he was going through in there but I’m sure he’ll be so excited to come home and see us and his furry brothers,” Abbato told FOX31. “I just want him to come home now. It’s time for him to come home.”