- Jennifer ShulerBay County Attorney
- Mike NelsonCounty Chairman
- George B. GainerCounty Member
- William T. DozierVice Chairman
- Guy M. TunnellCounty Member
- Philip GriffittsCounty Member
Bay County Please Remove Dangerous Dog Designation for Rescue Dog Marley
Meet Marley, a dog from war torn Afghanistan who became friends with more than a dozen soldiers, and albeit is a little skiddish around guns.
In 2011, Johnothan Jones, decided to take him home with him to Florida, where Marley found what he hadn't had nearly his entire life, a home filled with love.
However, an incident that happened over a year ago, is threatening to end that, and even worse, to end Marley's life and freedom.
The incident involved two young boys playing cops and robbers, with a mask and toy gun, but Marley didn't know the difference and sprang into action attacking the "assailant."
Not long after the incident the same boy came over again and Marley jumped on his back after the two were wrestling for a dog toy.
After nearly a year in an animal shelter, Marley was released back to his family but was now deemed a dangerous dog. With this designation comes insurance and several other adjustments and strict guidelines.
Most recently in late October 2016, Marley was sleeping with his owners and a child came up from behind the dog and spooked him. Marley snapped and grazed the child. This is called startle reflex and is not deemed as aggressive.
From the start, the county has been critical of the owner and the dog. At one point they even questioned the owner's military background. They don't seem too interested in looking at the facts in this case either. Why? Well if we examine all of the facts, we will see that Marley was merely protecting a family member. Guess what? The law is on Marley's side, but the statute is not being enforced. So that makes us wonder, why is it being ignored.
767.12(b) A dog shall not be declared dangerous if the threat, injury, or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was unlawfully on the property or, while lawfully on the property, was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or its owner or a family member. No dog may be declared dangerous if the dog was protecting or defending a human being within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack or assault.
This entire ordeal has been a waste of taxpayer money and failure to look at and examine the facts. Instead, the focus has been negative towards the veteran and his rescued dog. The dangerous dog ordinance needs to go. Plain and simple. The county must follow the dangerous dog laws, and they are in Marley's favor.
I urge all veterans and fellow Americans to take a stand on this matter. People can not turn their heads on the law.
- Bay County Attorney
- County Chairman
- County Member
George B. Gainer
- Vice Chairman
William T. Dozier
- County Member
Guy M. Tunnell
- County Member
As a puppy, Marley was rescued from the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan by Jonathan Jones, a military veteran. Jones brought the puppy home and Marley quickly became an integral part of his life, until a recent accident tore Marley away. Now Jonathan is fighting the Bay County Courts to save Marley’s life and bring him home.
The incident occurred when Marley intervened in a game of cops and robbers between his girlfriend’s sons. He bit the older boy, who was wearing a mask and carrying a toy gun. Marley was instinctively protecting the younger boy from what he thought was a threat. Unfortunately, the neighbors called animal control and Marley was sent to the local shelter where he has been for the last 10 months.
Marley has been deemed a dangerous dog, and Jones and his family are waiting to hear if Marley will be euthanized. We cannot let this happen! Marley has already been through so much and needs to be with the people who love him.
Please join me in asking the Bay County Animal Services to return Marley to Jonathan Jones immediately.
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