Judge: NJ woman can keep pet bobcat with penchant for escaping

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A bobcat, not the one pictured here, will return to its New Jersey home after a judge ruled a woman can keep the 38-pound feline as a pet. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A bobcat, not the one pictured here, will return to its New Jersey home after a judge ruled a woman can keep the 38-pound feline as a pet. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A judge is allowing a southern New Jersey woman to bring her pet bobcat home.

Rocky has escaped from Ginny Fine’s Stafford Township home four times since March.

The Asbury Park Press reports Fine told the judge she has made extensive improvements to her home to prevent the 38-pound feline from making another escape.

Fine was fined $250 plus $33 in court costs after she pleaded guilty to letting an animal run at large. She also must pay $448 to the zoo where Rocky has been living since July.

Fine claims Rocky is a hybrid of a bobcat and Maine coon cat. But a court-ordered DNA test has proved inconclusive. She would have needed a special permit if Rocky was determined to be a purebred bobcat.

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