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DNA tests show that the dog seized in Colorado is not part wolf, family says

 

The family’s fight to have their pet back from Aurora Animal Control, says a DNA test to prove that their dog is not a wolf hybrid.

“We got some good news last night,” Tracy Abbato said Sunday. “Capone is not a wolf. He does not have an ounce of wolf in him.”

The FOX31 problem solvers were the first to report the case, which has made headlines all over the world.

The Abbato family adopted Capone from the Adams County animal shelter 10 years ago. Shelter officials had classified him as a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian said the same.

But when Capone escaped from the Abbato family yard in February, Aurora Animal Control picked him up and officials classified him as part wolf based on his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics.

ANIMAL CONTROL CLAIMS OLD FAMILY DOG IS A WOLF HYBRID, WILL NOT RETURN HIM TO THE OWNERS

Officials refused to return Capone and his family to have a DNA test can show whether he is a wolf hybrid. Capone was held in the shelter for almost five weeks.

On top of that, Abbato faces violations of the animal running in general, keeping an aggressive animal and the keeping of an exotic/wild animal.

The family is fighting the case, but when they go to court last week, the hearing was postponed to Wednesday.

Now, Abbato said the DNA test results proved what they knew all along.

“I want everyone to know that he is not a wolf,” Abbato said. “We all knew that from the beginning.”

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