TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) – Animal lovers have spent $200 for DNA testing to prove that a dog resembling a pit bull is instead a boxer, perhaps increasing her chances of finding a home.

Mindy has been living at the town’s animal shelter for six months. The 6-year-old pooch suffered from the stigma often associated with pit bulls, which are seen as aggressive and ferocious.

Volunteers at the Trumbull Animal Group, which works at the animal shelter, and the Friends of the Bridgeport Animal Shelter paid for the DNA test to refine Mindy’s image. Volunteers and shelter officials say it’s a first in the area.

Mindy, who is 70 percent boxer-bull terrier and 30 percent English cocker spaniel and bulldog, may now have a better chance being adopted if visitors know she’s of a breed that’s good with children, said Lynn Buchwalder, a volunteer at the Trumbull Animal Group.

“They are one of the classic family dogs,” she said.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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