Thursday, March 16, 2017

Colorado: Aurora holds family’s dog while running DNA test to determine if it’s a wolf hybrid

COLORADO -- An Aurora family may lose their family pet of 10 years if DNA tests show the dog is a wolf hybrid.

Tracy Abbato said her dog, Capone, was picked up by animal control after he wandered into a neighbor’s yard. She doesn’t believe he’s a wolf and wants him back.

“Capone is a family member. We’ve had him for 10 years. He has grown up with my kids; it’s devastating,” said Abbato.

Animal Control in Aurora said the dog was picked up because it was running at large and acting aggressively. If tests determine the dog is a wolf hybrid, it cannot be returned to the family because Aurora city ordinance prohibits exotic animals.

“Aurora Animal Services ordered the DNA test after its experts observed the animal’s behavior, mannerisms and physical characteristics and believed them to be consistent with those of a wolf hybrid. If the animal is confirmed to be a wolf hybrid and a judge grants ownership to Aurora Animal Services, the primary goal would be to locate a sanctuary that specializes in such animals and can provide the animal with a new home.” animal services said in a statement.

“Aurora Animal Services is committed to balancing the needs of people and animals in the city of Aurora by providing humane shelter, treatment and placement of animals, and part of that mission involves enforcing the city’s animal laws. We hope there will be an amicable resolution to this case, and the shelter is committed to providing quality care to all animals it serves.”

(The Denver Post - March 15, 2017)