Owner of Marley the Dog to be Charged with Misdemeanor


The saga of Marley the dog continued Thursday when Panama City Police officials confirmed that Marley’s owner will face a misdemeanor charge in the latest bite case.

Johnothan Jones rescued the dog from Afghanistan and brought him home to Panama City. After a previous bite incident the dog was scheduled to be euthanized. Jones fought that decision in court and was able to bring the animal back home after nearly a year in quarantine at the Bay County animal shelter.

However, the dog was deemed dangerous and Jones was ordered to follow certain rules in the care and handling of the dog. On Sunday Marley, German Shepherd-Labrador retriever, bit a 12-year-old who was petting it in Jones home while Jones was asleep, investigators said.

According to state law Marley will be euthanized within 10 days and faces a misdemeanor for violating the dangerous dog ordinance. Panama City police told News 13 Thursday that they consulted with the State Attorney’s Office and Jones will be charged with the misdemeanor.  

Jones could face up to one year in prison if he is convicted. 

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