CAPONE THE DOG ALLOWED TO GO HOME TO FAMILY
Capone the dog, accused of being a wolf, will be able to go home to his family.
An Animal Law Center lawyer represented Capone’s owners in their efforts to get the dog back after Aurora Animal Control seized him when he was running loose. While the dog was in custody, animal control officers said his behavior made them suspect he might be a wolf hybrid, so they ordered a DNA test.
Although the test proved Capone had no wolf DNA, the dog remained under lock and key. On Wednesday, his owners pleaded guilty to having a dog at large and agreed to build a 6-foot fence to keep Capone in their yard. They also will pay for the rabies vaccine the dog will get from animal control.
“DNA tests prove that Capone is not a wolf hybrid,” said Jennifer Edwards, attorney and founder of the Animal Law Center. “Aurora Animal Control incorrectly alleged a claim that was proven scientifically incorrect. Clearly the conclusion was indicative of what we have known for a long time; there is a lack of training and expertise in visual identification of breeds and species.”
Capone’s owner, Tracy Abbato, is overjoyed she gets to bring the family’s 10-year-old dog home.
“We’re so happy they realize he’s a good dog, not a wolf, and he can go home.”