Colorado Animal Control Won't Return Family Dog, Claiming It Is a Wolf

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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Featured image by the Abbato family via CBS 5

A Colorado family just wants their dog of 10 years back, but Animal Control claims the dog is a wolf and won't be returned. 

The Abbato family of Aurora, Colorado has had their dog, Capone, for 10 years. They adopted Capone from an animal shelter in Brighton, Colorado, where they were told that Capone is a German Shepherd mix. Their vet also agreed with the assessment, and for 10 years, everything was fine. But when Capone jumped a fence on February 24, the family's world was turned upside down.

Capone was picked up by Aurora Animal Control, but when the Abbatos went to pick Capone up, they were turned away. According to Animal Control, Capone may be wolf hybrid, and won't be released back to his family. Capone was DNA-tested on March 1. Animal Control will be keeping him in their custody until the results are back, which means that Capone is separated from his family and from the two other dogs that he grew up with. If Capone is a wolf hybrid, he may be shipped to a wolf sanctuary, or euthanized if there isn't room for him.


Tracy Abbato notes that the situation is incredibly difficult for her family, particularly for her kids. She states that she is 100% confident that Capone is not a wolf hybrid.

"It's hard for me. It's hard for my kids. He's a family member. We've had him for almost 10 years. We miss him. This dog has a loving, caring home. People who abuse dogs, leave them outside in two-degree weather, how do they still have their dogs?"

The family has hired a lawyer and will be going to court to request that Capone be allowed to come home while waiting for the DNA results.

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Colorado Animal Control Won't Return Family Dog, Claiming It Is a Wolf