Get Capone home

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Tracy Abbato  AURORA, CO
Hello every one I'm raising money to bring Capone home, Aurora animal control has my beautiful dog and won't give him back they are saying he is a hybrid wolf which he is not we are waiting on DNA test results to prove that,he doesn't act or look like a wolf, if we don't get him home they will put him to sleep due to wolfs not being allowed in aurora. I just want my baby to be back at home with his loving family where he belongs and I will do anything to make that happen. This money is going towards legal fees, a 6 ft fence and shelter costs to help get Capone home.Thank you for reading my story and for your help. All funds raised beyond the stated costs will be donated to a local German shepherd dog rescue in Colorado.
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Update 5
Posted by Tracy Abbato
19 hours ago
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Thank you to everyone for your help, support, prayers and spreading the word so glad our baby is home now got to start building his wall, the fence.
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Update 4
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23 hours ago
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CAPONE IS HOME THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!
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Update 3
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Animal control still has Capone even after DNA has proved he is not a wolf :(
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Update 2
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5 days ago
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Get Capone home has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Leslee, Larissa and Alan.
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Dan Wistrand
7 days ago

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

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Christopher Watson
8 days ago

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

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Marla Clark
7 days ago

The Animal Defense League is trying to get ahold of you to help.

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Juliet Piccone
7 days ago

I gave my card to your attorney today. Www.ColoradoAnimalAttorneys.com

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Rod MMoody
7 days ago

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

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Cindy Catsman
7 days ago

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.

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Aspen Duley
7 days ago
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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.

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Irma Rodriguez Rosales
6 days ago
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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.

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Anthony Agresta
7 days ago
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https://www.facebook.com/auroragov/ leave them a 1 star review so that people can be made aware of the animal cruelty perpetrated by the a-holes in Aurora city gov't

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Natalie Mileti
7 days ago
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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.

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Aspen Duley
6 days ago
3
3

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

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Patti Lawson
6 days ago
3
3

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

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Patty Weston
7 days ago
3
3

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.

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Irma Rodriguez Rosales
6 days ago
2
2

I feel that people should know what is going on and other victims should come forward and that way something can be done and we can put a stop to Aurora Animal Controls phony acts. Any questions

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Dawson Belatrix
7 days ago
2
2

Please consider starting a petition and share far and wide. They can be used to put pressure on officials to make the moral decision when facing wide-spread public backlash.

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Carolyn Kron
7 days ago
2
2

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.

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John Smith
7 days ago
2
2

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.

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Lynne Scott Watts
1 day ago
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Any news yet? I see as of yesterday, they still have him?

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Carol Pool
3 days ago
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http://kdvr.com/2017/03/19/dna-tests-prove-suspected-wolf-hybrid-capone-is-just-a-dog/

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Shirley Hoffman
4 days ago
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It seems to me that it is time for all animal lovers to take a group action against Aurora Animal Control. I got a dog, a long time ago, that had spent many months in Adams County shelter. It's time to stop the bad behavior of the animal control folks in some of the towns in our State. There are some very good comments in this trail and several other folks that apparently need assistance with fighting Aurora - the time is now. Ban together and work as one! Find a reputable canine attorney - there are several in the metro Denver area - it's time!

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$6,807 of $10k goal

Raised by 238 people in 8 days
Created March 15, 2017
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$100
Anonymous
4 hours ago
$20
David Sears
21 hours ago
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$50
Tobey VanOrsdell
1 day ago
CN
$10
Chrissie Newman
1 day ago

Can't wait to see "back home" pics posted! ❤️

$100
Tony Cousineau
1 day ago
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bring that beautiful boy home.

CZ
$5
Crystal Zandstra
1 day ago
JG
$20
Joan Ginnell
1 day ago
1
1

So sorry that animal control is still keeping Capone even when they have been proven wrong. I hope you prevail in court and that Capone is returned to you as soon as possible

DJ
$50
Denise Johnson
2 days ago
$10
Donna Green
2 days ago
1
1

Give Capone a big hug from his FB family. I hope he's home Pronto!

$25
Anonymous
2 days ago
Dan Wistrand
7 days ago

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

+ Read More
Christopher Watson
8 days ago

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

+ Read More
Marla Clark
7 days ago

The Animal Defense League is trying to get ahold of you to help.

+ Read More
Juliet Piccone
7 days ago

I gave my card to your attorney today. Www.ColoradoAnimalAttorneys.com

+ Read More
Rod MMoody
7 days ago

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

+ Read More
Cindy Catsman
7 days ago

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.

+ Read More
Aspen Duley
7 days ago
6
6

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.

+ Read More
Irma Rodriguez Rosales
6 days ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Anthony Agresta
7 days ago
4
4

https://www.facebook.com/auroragov/ leave them a 1 star review so that people can be made aware of the animal cruelty perpetrated by the a-holes in Aurora city gov't

+ Read More
Natalie Mileti
7 days ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Aspen Duley
6 days ago
3
3

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

+ Read More
Patti Lawson
6 days ago
3
3

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

+ Read More
Patty Weston
7 days ago
3
3

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.

+ Read More
Irma Rodriguez Rosales
6 days ago
2
2

I feel that people should know what is going on and other victims should come forward and that way something can be done and we can put a stop to Aurora Animal Controls phony acts. Any questions

+ Read More
Dawson Belatrix
7 days ago
2
2

Please consider starting a petition and share far and wide. They can be used to put pressure on officials to make the moral decision when facing wide-spread public backlash.

+ Read More
Carolyn Kron
7 days ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
John Smith
7 days ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Lynne Scott Watts
1 day ago
1
1

Any news yet? I see as of yesterday, they still have him?

+ Read More
Carol Pool
3 days ago
1
1

http://kdvr.com/2017/03/19/dna-tests-prove-suspected-wolf-hybrid-capone-is-just-a-dog/

+ Read More
Shirley Hoffman
4 days ago
1
1

It seems to me that it is time for all animal lovers to take a group action against Aurora Animal Control. I got a dog, a long time ago, that had spent many months in Adams County shelter. It's time to stop the bad behavior of the animal control folks in some of the towns in our State. There are some very good comments in this trail and several other folks that apparently need assistance with fighting Aurora - the time is now. Ban together and work as one! Find a reputable canine attorney - there are several in the metro Denver area - it's time!

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