- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man has dropped his lawsuit challenging the eviction of his dog from the city based on an ordinance that bans wolf-dog crossbreeds.

Alex Kaftan filed to have the petition dismissed Friday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1ks4hVy ) Wednesday.

In February, Kaftan was forced to move his dog, Mars, outside the city after a judge denied his motion to let the dog remain in Lincoln. Mars is a Czechoslovakian vlcak (VUHL’-chak), a breed created in 1955 by crossing German shepherds with Carpathian wolves. The breed is now self-propagating and recognized by the American Kennel Club. Neither of Mars’ parents was a wolf.

Kaftan’s attorney, Misty Christo, said Kaftan may ask the City Council to amend the ban’s hybrid definition so it doesn’t inadvertently ban the entire Czechoslovakian vlcak breed from the city.

“He understands the underlying concerns behind the law, and believes the law was never intended to include members of AKC recognized breeds,” Christo told the newspaper.

Kaftan, a first-year University of Nebraska-Lincoln law student, has moved Mars to a farm near Raymond. Christo said Kaftan appreciates the support he has received from the Lincoln community and across the world. An online petition calling on the city to allow Mars to return to Lincoln received 30,000 signatures.

Support has also been expressed by lovers of Czechoslovakian vlcaks, sometimes called wolf dogs, from as far away as Poland and Italy, where Kaftan got Mars.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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