Dog returned to family after tests show it’s not wolf hybrid

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado family has been reunited with its dog after DNA tests showed it is not a wolf hybrid.

Aurora Animal Control picked up the family pet last month after it escaped from a yard. Officials classified the 11-year-old animal named Capone as being part wolf and refused to return him.

The Aurora Sentinel reports ( ) city officials acknowledged Wednesday that Capone is not a wolf hybrid or a dangerous animal. The dog is a German Shepherd-Labrador mix.

Tito Serrano, who owns the dog with Tracy Abbato, pleaded guilty to not having Capone’s rabies inoculation and city registration tags up-to-date, and having a dog running at-large. The two more serious charges — owning a wild or exotic animal and owning an aggressive or dangerous animal — were dropped.

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Information from: The Aurora Sentinel,