Napoleon DavisA Port St. Lucie, FL man, Napoleon Zarah Davis, 31, has been charged with felony animal cruelty after a pitbull he had tied in the back of his pickup truck on a 15 foot leash was dragged for almost two miles after she jumped out. Davis, who is listed as homeless but was staying with a brother, was taking the dog, who has been named Holly by the staff at Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie, to the humane society on Monday morning after family members would no longer care for her.

Said Tom Nichols, public information officer with the Port St. Lucie Police Department, instead of putting her safely in the cab of the truck because it “was full of stuff, and rather than clean it up and put the dog up there where it belonged, he put it in the back (of the truck),” tying the dog to a post in the truck bed with a 15-foot leash.

Holly-dragged dogHolly jumped out of the truck and despite attempts by witnesses to flag down the truck, it just kept going for almost 2 miles until other people finally managed to get Davis to stop.

By then, Holly, who had desperately tried to run and keep up with the truck, was in pretty bad shape, the worst injuries to her feet with looked like ground beef.

“She’s in pretty rough shape,” Dr. Leonard Fox, a veterinarian at the clinic, said of Holly. “She has road rash everywhere; and treating road rash is like treating a burn victim. You can’t stitch the wounds together. She’ll have to have her bandages changed every two to three days for a month. She was dragged so long on her back legs that what you might call her big toes were worn down to the bone.”

On Tuesday morning, Holly had two toes amputated because the bones in her big toes were worn down to the bone. She may require additional surgeries as well.

Davis bonded out of jail on Monday and said that he didn’t know that the dog jumped out of the truck.

Holly will be treated and recuperate at the Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie where much of her care is being donated free of charge by Dr. Leonard Fox and the staff but it will still cost $1,000-$1,500 for treatment.

“It’s really touching,” David Robertson, operations manager at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County said. “The phone (at the Fort Pierce animal shelter) has been ringing off the hook with people offering to help, saying they’re praying for Holly or just sending their best wishes.”

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County has begun proceedings to get custody of Holly but Robertson says that the ultimate cost could be much higher by the time the year-old pit bull mix goes through treatment at the clinic, recovery at a foster home and is, he hopes, “available for adoption to a loving home.”

Please take a moment to ask for Justice for Holly by signing the petition below. Far too often we see animal cruelty charges dropped to almost nothing and abusers getting little more than a slap on the wrist. Negligence, if you class this as such, is still abuse and this cruelty and Holly’s suffering, could have and should have never happened!

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