By Michelle Durham
STAFFORD. N.J. (CBS) – A Stafford Township, Ocean County woman was in court Friday after New Jersey officials seized her pet bobcat, Rocky, and the case is far from closed.
Stafford Township Captain Thomas Dellane explains the outcome of the proceeding:
“Judge Murry was presented with a search warrant application by officials from New Jersey Fish and Game asking for a court order to have the blood test performed on the cat to determine it’s percentage of purity as far as a bobcat.”
Dellane says the owner was informed by the judge if it was determined Rocky was 100% bobcat, he could not be returned to her until she applied for an exotic animal permit.
In the meantime, Rocky is being cared for by the Popcorn Park Zoo. General Manager John Bergmann says caring for the bobcat means trips to the local grocery store:
“We shop for him just like you shop for yourself. Right now he is on chicken thighs and beef liver.”
Bergmann says they are following the well balanced diet Rocky received while under the care of his owner.
The test results are expected within 7-14 days.