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PORT ST. LUCIE â€” Hollyâ€™s tale is now wagging internationally.
The year-old pit bull mix that was dragged nearly 2 miles behind a pickup truck Monday morning has a Facebook group page with 325 members thanks to Ginger Sprinkle, a Charlotte, N.C., woman who read about the dogâ€™s plight.
Sprinkle saw a copy of a newspaper story about Holly on Monday, and by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sprinkle and two friends â€” identified only by their Facebook names â€œWilly Wonkaâ€ and â€œAthena Baneâ€ â€” had set up Hollyâ€™s page. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the page had 325 members worldwide, thanks to Sprinkleâ€™s friends overseas.
â€œWe want to make sure the world knows about Holly and the cases like her,â€ Sprinkle said Wednesday afternoon.
In November, Sprinkle set up a Facebook page for a dog that had been dragged behind a truck in Knoxville, Tenn. Known as â€œLittle Brown Dog.â€ Sprinkle said that poochâ€™s Facebook page has thousands of members and has raised about $13,500 for its treatment.
David Robertson, operations manager for the Humane Society of St. Lucie County, said Wednesday afternoon he had heard about the dogâ€™s Facebook page, but had neither seen it nor spoken to the people who set it up.
Robertson said the Holly Holiday Fund, set up to help defray expenses for the dogâ€™s treatment, totalled about $2,000 in donations as of late Wednesday afternoon. He couldnâ€™t say how much of that could be linked to the Facebook page.
â€œWith the proliferation of Facebook,â€ Sprinkle said, â€œwhen we start groups there for abused animals, it is with three goals in mind: bringing justice to the crime; getting the word out fast and worldwide with Facebookâ€™s instant reach to anywhere; and, of course, to keep people updated on the healing progress of the dog involved in the atrocity at the hands of human behavior.â€
Napoleon Zarah Davis, 31, of Port St. Lucie, Hollyâ€™s owner, was arrested on a charge of felony animal cruelty.
According to a Port St. Lucie Police Department report, Davis had tied the dog in the back of his pickup truck with a 15-foot leash. The dog jumped out of the truck near Paar Drive and Darien Street and was dragged to the 3200 block of Rosser Boulevard, about 1.9 miles, before a man caught up to Davis and got him to stop the truck, according to police.
Davis later told police he didnâ€™t know the dog had jumped out of the truck bed.
The dog was taken to the Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie with severe road rash, particularly on her feet. On Tuesday, Dr. Leonard Fox, a veterinarian, had amputated the dogâ€™s two hind inner toes.
Fox, whose staff named the dog Holly because of the holiday season, said the dog will need extended treatment for road rash burns, but he expects her to fully recover in about six weeks.
To contribute to the Holly Holiday Fund, call the humane society at (772) 461-0687.