In Aurora, Colorado, the family of a black German shepherd named Capone, rescued nearly a decade ago, is being held captive by Aurora Animal Control as they claim the dog is a wolf-hybrid.
According to KdvrNews, Tracy Abbato, the owner of ten-year-old Capone, rescued the dog from the Adams County Animal Shelter where he was classified as a German shepherd mix. The family’s veterinarian also agrees, but someone at the Aurora Animal Control insists the dog is a wolf-hybrid. On February 24, Capon jumped the fence in the family’s yard – the first time in seven years since the family lived in the neighborhood. That day Aurora Animal Control picked Capone up, and when his family went to the shelter to claim in, they were refused.
“They say he is a hybrid-wolf now and don’t want to release him back to us because he is an exotic animal,” Tracy explained.
It seems Animal Control has concluded the dog acts like a wolf hybrid which includes his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics. Tracy doesn’t have a doubt in her mind that Capone is a domestic German shepherd blend. Meanwhile the city is running a DNA test to determine his breed. It is not clear when results are due back – at which time if Capone has any wolf blood in him, he could be ordered to be euthanized or transferred to a sanctuary.
Besides Capone’s two canine companions missing him at home, are Tracy’s children as the dog is considered a beloved family member.
“I don’t understand. This dog has a loving caring home,” Tracy told KdvrNews. “People who abuse dogs, leave them outside in 2-degree weather, how do they still have their dogs?
The family has hired an attorney who will appear in court and ask that the dog be allowed home until the results of the DNA tests are available. Tracy faces charges of allowing a dog to run at large, keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal.
(Photo of dog suspected by AC to be a wolf-hybrid – family supplied)
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