Rebecca Blackmore is a 5th District judge for Pender and New Hanover County. In a judicial setting she's normally in charge, but in this court her role was reversed. The judge witnessed a violent attack from a white fox terrier. “The dog had the hind end of the cat and the tail of the cat in his mouth and he was shaking his head back and forth like that," she described. The cat died a few days later due to complications from the injury. The declawed cat belonged to Mary Brickels. Claude and Joan Marshall own Molly, a 6-year-old, white fox terrier that somehow got off their property. Both parties were civil about the matter, but the panel was divided; a split vote does not occur often on Dog Court. Whitney Doremus upheld animal control's previous dangerous dog verdict. "My feeling is the dog is already living like a potentially dangerous dog would live. The dog did kill a domestic animal. I feel like we have a dangerous dog.” John Barger disagreed. He found the terrier not guilty. “A fox terrier is going to go after something that it sees. It's a sport. I don't think it's a vicious dog and it's a shame this happened." After much debate, Joyce Bradley voted to uphold the dangerous dog decision. As a result, the fox terrier will have to live by all the restrictions that a dangerous dog label carries. Some of the restrictions for the dog include being muzzled while outside, being in a secure enclosure and the dog will have to be supervised at all times. The dog will also have to be micro-chipped, and the owner will have to post "Beware of Dog" signs and “Dangerous Dog” signs.
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