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By: Jennifer Saucedo
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A dog considered "dangerous" loses the negative title, thanks to a local judge.
You may remember, Marley the Lab, who was accused of biting a little girl last year.
This week, Judge Irene Rios overturned a municipal court judges ruling that Marley was dangerous.
The Martinez family says Marley stepped in to protect their neighbor, Precious.
She was attacked by a pit bull.
Animal Care Services says the girl told them both the pit bull and Marley bit her, but Precious says Marley saved her.
"In this case there was no affidavit from a witness because there was no one who would say that Marley attacked Precious, including Precious," said Michelle Maloney, who's representing the Martinez family.
According to Maloney, the judge's ruling means the family can take down the dangerous dog signs outside their home and no longer be required to keep him in a cage when outside.
"Marley gets to wear a normal collar and not his dangerous dog collar," said Maloney. "They no longer have to maintain the $100,000.00 insurance policy - all of the burdens come away."
The Martinez family is happy with her ruling , which comes just in time for Christmas.
"This is the best present ever because he's not dangerous," said 7-year-old Riley Martinez.
We reached out to Animal Care Services for comment, but no one there had received the judge's decision.
Autopsy ordered on Texas City inmate who died
May 22, 2013 15:23 GMT
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) -- A man arrested during a traffic stop in Southeast Texas has died after being found unconscious in his jail cell.
Texas City police say an autopsy has been ordered on 31-year-old Richard Lee Thompson Jr.
Police Chief Robert Burby says Thompson was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to jail on charges of failing to maintain financial responsibility on an automobile and not having a driver's license.
The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/13L9tgS ) reported Wednesday that police also confiscated a small amount of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Jailers found Thompson unconscious about seven hours after his arrest. Thompson was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com
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