In fact, Jones, a former deputy sheriff, says Florida law is unequivocally on his side, citing statute 767 12b.
"It clearly states in that statute that no dog shall be deemed dangerous if he is protecting an owner or family member against abuse, torment or assault," he says.
Amid all the legal wranglings, a dog born in a garbage heap in Afghanistan has spent 10 months of his life in a county kennel.
Marley could have come home in June, eight months into his incarceration - and some say the blame for his extended lock-up lies with his owner.
"I was extremely upset to find out that Marley could have been taken home months ago," Bay County commissioner Guy Tunnel wrote in an email obtained by News Channel 7.
County officials have not returned several requests for comment.
For his part, Jones says Marley's release could only happen if he fulfilled every requirement from a long list the county presented him with.
"People don't understand all the costs and hurdles we're going through," Jones says. "That's what's frustrating."