Dog Recovering After Abuse, Owners Relinquish Custody
Published April 30th, 2014
She's not home free, but she's getting there.
A dog that was beaten by her owner on Sunday is recovering well.
Veterinarians with Marion County Animal Services say Molly, an American boxer lab mix, is improving every day.
Investigators say Steven Fleming came home from a bar and beat Molly with a baseball bat so hard that the bat broke in two.
Fleming also stabbed her three times in the head with a knife.
Molly suffered a fractured skull in addition to the wounds.
"Her wounds are healing well, her appetite has returned, she's getting around fine. And she's really enjoying the extra attention and affection she's getting from staff," said Elaine McClain with the office of public infomation for Marion County.
This is still an active case with the Ocala Police Department.
Even though Fleming and his girlfriend have relinquished ownership, Molly is not adoptable yet.
In the meantime, she'll be at Animal Control so she can fully recover.
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