STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Rocky, the pet bobcat, can go home, a Municipal Court judge said Friday afternoon.
Municipal Court Judge Damian Murray’s ruling came after blood tests could not conclusively determine whether the pet bobcat was a hybrid or a purebred.
Murray said the test determined through the lineage of the animal’s mother was a 98 percent match to the bobcat breed.
The lineage of Rocky’s father, however, is not available, Murray said.
“The bottom line is Rocky goes home,” Murray told owner Ginny Fine during a court proceeding Friday.
Fine was emotional following the court appearance. She said she was excited to bring Rocky home as soon as next week.
“The first thing I’m going to do to roll around on the floor with him,” she said.
“I’ve missed him so much. I’ve gone to visit him, but I’ve only been able to see him through a cage,” she said.
Fine was ordered to pay more than $1,200 in fines for violating a court order from October that ordered her to build an enclosure to keep the cat so he does not run away again.
“If you had done that in the first place, we wouldn’t have to be here today,” Murray said.
Fine said an enclosure has been built that was paid for by donations from the public that came in after Rocky was taken from her home last month. The enclosure cost about $1,600, she said.
The State Division of Fish and Wildlife had sought the blood tests in April.
Rocky had run away twice from his Stafford Township home, including a March 25 escape in which he remained loose for 10 days.
After he returned, the animal was kept at Popcorn Park Zoo pending the test results.
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