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Family dog Capone cleared of being wolf hybrid released to family

AURORA, Colo. -- The family dog that was impounded for nearly five weeks in Aurora was allowed to go home Wednesday.

Aurora Animal Control thought Capone was a wolf hybrid, but DNA tests proved he was all dog.

In court Wednesday, Capone's owners admitted guilt to the charges of having a dog running at large, not having a city license and not having current rabies vaccinations.

The charges of keeping an aggressive animal and keeping an exotic/wild animal were dropped. The $1,000 fine was suspended and impound fees were waived.

The Abatto family agreed to several stipulations to be able to take Capone home.

They must build a 6-foot privacy fence around their yard. Until that is done, Capone must be confined in the home. When he needs to go outside, he must be on a 6-foot leash controlled by an adult.

He must also be confined before the family answers the door. And he is required to go through behavior modification training.

If Capone is ever convicted of being aggressive in the future he will have to be turned over to the city.