N.J. judge says pet bobcat must be tested

    A New Jersey judge says he wants to make sure a woman’s pet is not a purebred bobcat before returning the animal to her.

    Stafford Municipal Judge Damian Murray on Friday ordered that the pet be tested.

    Owner Ginny Fine says the 38-pound 3-year-old Rocky is a hybrid of a bobcat and a domestic cat.

    The test was reported by The Press of Atlantic City and is the latest development in a question over the animal’s future.

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    Rocky ran away last month and has been put in the Popcorn Park Zoo. The judge has said earlier that he could return to Fine only if she built a special pen.

    But the judge now says he has learned that the breeder who sold the feline has previously sold purebred bobcats.

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