Marley, a controversial dog, is back in the custody of Bay County Animal Control after it allegedly bit a 12-year-old child.
Earlier this year, Bay County Animal Control had custody of the Labrador Retriever-Shepherd mix, for five months after he bit one of his owner's children. After a lengthy court battle, Marley was spared from being euthanized but a circuit judge ruled that he be considered dangerous.
On Sunday, the father of the 12-year-old took him to the hospital after noticing puncture wounds on his arm. The child said he was "nipped" on the arm by Marley while at Jonothan Jones home. According to a report from Bay County Animal Control the child had four puncture wounds.
The report adds that Marley bit the child while he was petting him and Jones and his mother were both sleeping.
Along with the report County Officials sent over a statute on dangerous dogs. The statute states that after a dog is declared dangerous if it bites again the owner is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor and that the dog shall be impounded, held for 10 business days and then destroyed.
Jones responded to the issue on Facebook Tuesday morning.
"We knew that if Marley was not perfect on every level, we would lose him. We want to fully live up to our word and understand that Marley might not be ready for a domestic environment after 11 long months of negative reinforced stimulus and PTSD from his captivity," he wrote. "We've done the best that we could to make his path to success work. My family would like Marley to go to a sanctuary for other dogs like him. He is a victim in this on many levels and can say the media and the county want and will portray and use everything possible to make the perception as bad as they can. I can not offer more details of what's going on until I've met with Marley's attorney tomorrow morning."
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