Holly is the spunky Irish setter who was horribly abused by a 65-year-old Ontario woman who had been asked to look after her. Her case has evoked more sympathy from all over the world than the million and a half babies who have been aborted since 1969.
Holly was tied to a car bumper by Maureen Cook and dragged 500 metres along a gravel road, resulting in two broken legs and drag burns to 35 per cent of her body – hunks of flesh torn from her legs, bones showing through her elbow, and trauma to the head.
Maureen Cook, who lives in Shelbourne, northwest of Toronto, told the press that she was only trying to make Holly run. “We were only going 20 kilometres. That wasn’t too fast. She can go 47 behind the car.” She admitted doing it in an effort to break Holly of the habit of chasing cars!
Can you imagine Cook conducting a dog training school? “Give me your Yorkshire terrier for two weeks and I’ll have her running like a greyhound.”
This was a big news story – front page in color in many papers – and it evoked keen interest from as far away as England, where dog is king, and there is no end in sight to the story.
My sympathies, along with thousands of others went out to Holly. The good news is that Holly was to be returned to her owner who had only boarded her out because of an allergy problem at home. The Ontario Attorney General’s office is said to have been “besieged” with callers furious that Holly might have been returned to Cook. The phone has been ringing off the hook at the local Sherburne police station and Cook claimed she had received a death threat.
Radio talk shows had a field day and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies fought it out publicly as to whether Cook should get Holly back.
Cook was charged with causing unnecessary pain to animals and appeared in court where she faced the possibility of six months in prison, a $2,000 fine and could be prohibited from owning a dog for two years.
New contrast that to what an abortionist gets for killing an unborn human baby – $685.
I think it’s time that we made an alliance with the animal rights protectors – the Canadian Federation of Human Societies and the Worldwide Dog Lover’s Federation – they seem to be growing gold plated potatoes on their side of the fence.
I decided that I would contact the only party that had not been interviewed for her comments on the case: Holly.
I phoned Holly at a secret address where she is staying and introduced myself as a writer for The Interim, a pro-life newspaper. Holly had completely recovered, I learned. I asked her if she bore any malice towards Cook for what she did to her and she replied: “Not really. I’m a very forgiving dog. Cook and I had more of a personality clash. She made a fuss over me chasing cars! Big deal! What did she think I was going to do if I caught one?”
But surely, I insisted, you must be a little annoyed with her for all the suffering that she has put you through.
“Things could be worse,” Holly barked. “Worse?” I said.
“Yes. In some countries I’ve read about – I’m on the menu.”
“Would you be willing to testify against Cook in the upcoming court case?” I asked. “Yeah, but I’d want to wear the dark glasses and go into the Witness Protection program.”
“Holly, aren’t you concerned about future incidents of dog abuse?” I persisted. “No, I hope Cook has learned her lesson. She’s taught a lot of dog abusers all over the world that you can’t kick us dogs around! You pro-lifers should learn something from us. Dogs rule! You heard me – dogs rule.”