Get Capone home
I am a canine behaviorist and a wolf biologist. First left me express his badly I feel for you and your family for having to deal with this, especially in the city of Aurora. I have testified on Aurora courts on so called aggressive dog cases and have found that they will label any animal as "aggressive" without cause to justify their (animal control) actions. Please have your attorney contact me at 303-656-9881 as I would like to file an Amicus Brief
Hello Abbato family, I am very upset to hear about this situation with Capone; I'm not sure if you're aware of this but Colorado laws regarding 'exotic' animals, Chapter 11 clearly states that domestic canines, including hybrids with wild canids are considered domestic. I'm no attorney, however, it looks clear to me that Colorado sees Capone as a domestic animal - however any DNA test returns - per Chapter 11, and thus should be returned to your family immediately. I wish you the best of luck and hope for the best ! Below is a link to the page where I found this information: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a2_exotic_animals_state.php?s=co
Rick Moody Sandra, good to hear from you.There.is no such thing as a wolf "hybrid". A "hybrid" is a is the result of the mating of two different species such as a lion x tiger = liger. In 1993 the wolves and dogs were determined to be the same genus and species, Canis lupus. Therefore, even DNA cannot distinguish between them. Section 8-2 of Denver law states that wild or dangerous animals shall not be kept by individuals. However, it only lists poisonous reptiles, etc. but does not state wolf. This restriction does not apply to the rest of Colorado. Several years ago my insurance company threatened to cancel my homeowners insurance because I have a 100% grey wolf. I threatened to take them to court because first, they could not prove that he is a wolf, and second, it is not illegal for me to own him. I later received a personal apology from the president of the company. As far as dangerous animals are concerned I have been bitten several times by my mother's 3lb. Yorkie. Capone is a beautiful animal, but I doubt that he is even part wolf. The officials in Aurora, Col. are totally wrong and the owners should fight this. Anytime you need info on wolves , feel free to call
Terrible reflection on Aurora and the irrational mindset of government bureaucrats. Many Americans are beyond sick of these people who create unnecessary misery for others. The dog is ten, has a loving home and should be returned to the family. This is a dog with a people problem - not the other way around.
Hello! I would like to talk to you and your attorney about your case. I had a case that Aurora Animal Control chose to pursue even though there was no proof of a bite! No medical report and no witnesses! Only a blurry picture of a bruise on a guys leg. My dog never bit him but I still had to pay a fine because of the unfair ordinances in Aurora. I am a dog expert and dog obedience expert. There is no way to prove that a dog is not a wolf through DNA because all dogs carry wolf DNA! Have your attorney call me 720-877-3966. Happy Dog training.
I am going through the same thing with the Aurora animal control... It is true that they label any animal as vicious or aggressive in order to cover up what they are really trying to do. I saw this with my own eyes. I was forced to surrender our dog because we did not have the money to keep paying their impound fees. They sent me a phony looking DNA test saying our dog is a pitbull. I paid for this DNA test including a microchip which THEY SAID is required in order to test the dog. $120. I should have known better all they're trying to do is get money from people and in this case it's money I don't have. We have a court on the 31st. We are fighting against fees and fines that add up to around $1,000 or more. We won't get our dog back they forced us to surrender him because we did not have money. They came to my house and straight out LIED to us saying all they wanted to do is take a look at our dog and they put him in a van and took him away without our consent. Our poor dog blue was barely 10 months old he has never hurt anyone and is very obedient and friendly.
Abbato - this is a message from the Rapid Response Team for Animals 2 hrs · We are trying to make contact with the owner of this dog, we are aware there is a Gofundme page for this animal. If any of you can help us make contact with her, you might just save a family pet.
Hello. I have been thinking about your case. I would like to tell you that it is very important to get a second opinion. Nearly any vet can do a DNA test on your dog, Capone. It is not necessary to send the sample to a University for testing. I recommend Animal Care Center of Aurora, ( Dr. Robert Foglia, DVM, 303-693-6640). Just from looking at pics of this dog I would guess that she is a German Shepard/Border Collie Mix. But I would have to evaluate the dog in person to know for sure. Please call me or have your attorney call me. I am eager to help you. 720-877-3966
Tracy...The Animal Legal Defense Fund can really help you. I am an attorney with extensive experience in animal law. If you lawyer is not experienced in this area, you need someone to help them . ALDF can provide advice...I can provide advice....for free. I have seen tragic cases where lawyers have good intentions,,,,but no experience. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN. We often choose lawyers in haste during an urgent situation . You could raise a million dollars and lose the case if proper defenses and law is not utilized. http:www.pattilawsoncom
I hope you get lots of help to fight for Capone. I have shared Capone'a story in all 4 of my fb pages asking them to be his voice and to call the Mayors office, which I have done twice. I will fight along side you in spirit and will do so for my Sammigirl. Truth is, this could happen to anyone's dog as all dogs are decendents of the wolves. I had a GS several years back and he was sweet and gentle, but can be protective when need be. That's what makes them such great dogs, even if a mix. Keep fighting. There'a an army out there fighting for your baby so take comfort in that. We must all demand that city pay the attorney fee's for you.
This enrages me! Because someone with a little bit of authority behind them doesnt like german shepherds, they are harrassing this family. It isnt illegal to own a german shepherd and this is not right! Whoever made such a horrible judgment on this dog needs to have their head examined! http://imgur.com/account/favorites/dMNbq
The law "looks" to be on your side as it does not specifically state wolf-hybrid as is a German Shepherd. These dogs have been bred so many times since the originals that they would be diluted genes by now; however, they will have the wolf gene in it's DNA still. I pray they give you your baby back and soon. He does not belong in the shelter, but at home with his loving family.
Aurora Animal Control has always been horrible. That's why I moved to Wyoming. There is good advice below - read Mr. Watson's post below. Give info to your attorney. Sending a small donation which is all I can afford as a senior living on very little income. If I were rich, I would pay the whole thing. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND CAPONE. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED. KEEP CALLING NEWS STATIONS TOO.
If the DNA test doesn't come back in his favor, maybe you can find a home for him in a state that's not backwards. Getting him released from his wrongful imprisonment may be the hard part. They seem hell-bent on killing him for some evil reason. These nazi agencies have got to be stopped. Either way, sue them, maybe you can get people fired, and get the right people into the job that actually care about animals.