The family violacein to get their pet back from Aurora Animal Control says DNA tests show their dog is not a wolf hybrid.
We got some good news last night, Tracy Abbato said Sunday. he is not the wolf. He doesn't have a bit of wolf in him.
The Abbato family took in Capone from the Adams County Animal refuge 10 years ago. Shelter officials had classified him as a German shepherd blend. The family's veterinarian said the identical thing.
But when Capone flees from the Abbato family's yard in February, Aurora Animal Control picked him up and officials classified him as part wolf founded on his mannerisms, behavior and also physical characteristics.
Officials declined to return Capone to his family until DNA tests could show whether he is a wolf hybrid. Capone has been held at the shelter for almost five weeks.
On top of that, Abbato faces violations of animal running at large, keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal.
Even so, Abbato will have to wait a few more days to bring Capone back home.
"Poor guy. ... I don't know what he was going within in there, but I'm sure he'll be so fervent to come home and see us and his furry brothers," Abbato said. "I just want him to come home now. It's time for him to come home."
Abbato said the struggle has been emotionally draining, but she's been receiving encouragement from dog lovers around the country and around the world.
The family is fighting the case, but when they went to law last week, the hearing was delayed until Wednesday.
Now, Abbato says the DNA test results prove what she knew all along.
I want everyone to know he is not a wolf at all, Abbato said. We all knew it since the start.
"It's heartbreaking because he does not understand what is going on," she said. "If he knew, he would know he has hundreds of thousands of people supporting and fighting for him to get home."
Abbato said she was grieved by how many people reached out to support her family.