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Disputed So. Cal dinosaur statue may have to go

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) -- An Orange County petting zoo may be losing its dinosaur.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/XNebtM ) says the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission refused Tuesday to grant approval for a 40-foot-long dinosaur statue named Juan _ placing it on the road to extinction.

The owner of Zoomars Petting Zoo bought the 13-foot-tall apatosaurus from an auction house in June for $12,000 but installed it without city approval.

Carolyn Franks has been fighting city orders to remove it ever since.

Critics say the statue doesn't belong in the city's historical district because dinos never roamed the area.

Since the Planning Commission rejected her approval bid, Franks now has only one chance _ an appeal to the City Council.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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