Clay County, Florida – A local family of animal lovers were driving home in their neighborhood last night when they saw a small dog lying on the sidewalk who apparently had been abandoned. Christine Holly and her husband were horrified to see a nine-month-old black puppy left in an old cardboard box covered in demodectic mange from her nose to the tip of her tail.
The dog, despite her pain from such a severe infection, happily jumped into the Holly family’s truck and laid on the floor of the inside cabin. When the family arrived home, Christine called several rescue organizations and left messages and then called her local Animal Control. They offered to come and pick up the ailing puppy, but their policy states they can only hold a dog for three days and then they euthanize.
“I can’t bear that. Someone somewhere must know of a rescue organization that can help her. She looks like a possible pit and beagle mix with the sweetest disposition apart from her skin affliction. Please call me if you know someone that can take her in,” stated Christine on Facebook this morning.
Social media, especially Facebook continues to be a driving force to help spread the news among animal lovers and humane activists trying to make a difference in the lives of neglected and abused animals. This morning, it was a plea to help Prudence Holly – as she has now been named.
Christine and her husband took Prudence to Russell Road Animal Clinic this morning, and there Dr. Herrington started treatment on the dog’s mange. Dr. Herrington stated it was the most severe case she has ever seen, and the dog’s skin looked right out ” of a horror” film. Holly’s fragile skin bleeds easily, and so she will be staying for intensive treatment for the next few days. She will also be treated for tapeworms and given needed vaccinations.
‘I hope the previous owner comes forward only so I can try to press charges of animal neglect,” stated Christine. ” I would love to keep her, but I have two dachshunds, one Chihuahua, two cats, fish, two teenagers, and I travel a lot for work, but it is going to be very hard not to get attached to her.”
Prudence needs a home, and Christine asks that any potential adopters have references, be financially secure to care for this dog, have a yard and promise to love her. Interested adopters can call Christine at 904-477-0482.
Christine and her family are not a rescue; they are compassionate people who stopped to help a dog in need and could not stand the thought of taking her to a shelter where she probably would have been put to sleep. If you would like to help the family out with Prudence’s veterinarian costs, please call Russell Road Animal Clinic at 904-291-9511 and ask that your donation be applied to Prudence’s account.
Thank you for reading about Prudence, and please pass on her story to others.