Capone the dog to be released to family following negative wolf DNA test

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 18:29:52-04

AURORA, Colo. – A dog that’s been in an Aurora animal shelter due to concerns that it was part wolf is back with its family.

Capone was picked up by animal control last month after he wandered into a neighbor’s yard. Animal control decided to test Capone’s DNA before releasing him back to his family due to suspicions that he may be part wolf. Aurora’s city ordinance prohibits exotic animals.

Those DNA results showed Capone is not, in fact, part wolf.

After reaching an agreement with the city of Aurora, Capone's family was able to take him home Wednesday afternoon. As part of the agreement, the family will building a 6-foot-tall privacy fence. Until then, Capone must stay inside or on a leash in the backyard.

Capone's owners also had get a city pet license for Capone and have him vaccinated for rabies. If Capone is the subject of any convictions for having an aggressive or dangerous animal in the next year, the family will have to immediately surrender the dog to Aurora Animal Control.

All fines, court fees and shelter fees have been waived.


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