CAPONE THE DOG AL­LOWED TO GO HOME TO FAM­ILY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Tom McGhee

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.”

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