Help for Holly, the abandoned dog
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | December 29,2012
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Maureen Lovett hugs Holly the homeless dog Friday at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center.
When she was found Dec. 12 on a road in Danby, “Holly,” a roughly year-old German shepherd mix was alone and limping after being struck by a car.
She was rescued by a passerby who tookthe injured animal to the Rutland County Humane Society in Pittsford, where staff say they have been caring for the apparently abandoned dog.
“She came to us as a found animal who needed medical help,” said Jessica Danyow, the shelter’s director of operations. “Her pelvis was fractured and she was in bad shape when she came here.
Holly’s hip was surgically repaired and she’s been making a speedy recovery at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, where Danyow said she has been making friends.
“Everyone whose path she crosses falls in love with her,” she said.
But the search for her owner — or someone to adopt Holly — is continuing, and Danyow said the more than $2,000 in medical expenses for the dog have been tough for the shelter to shoulder.
A fundraiser today in Wallingford could be the answer to both conundrums, she said.
Starting at noon, the Pub in Wallingford will host a benefit Texas Hold’em tournament with accompanying donation activities to raise funds that would benefit the Humane Society.
Humane Society officials are also hoping the fundraiser and promotions will help locate Holly’s owner — or find her a new one.
“From the beginning we’ve been putting the word out, but we haven’t been able to find who she belonged to,” Danyow said. “It’s baffling why she wasn’t identified.”
Many abandoned animals arrive at the shelter — some are taken there and others are found on the streets.
Given the dog’s good nature, Danyow said it was apparent that if she was abandoned by her owners, she hadn’t been a stray for long.
‘‘Since no one has come forward, we’re taking applications for her adoption,” Danyow said, adding that the Humane Society has already received a number of requests.
The Humane Society is currently home to a large number of animals in need of homes, including guinea pigs, cats, kittens, dogs and a cat named “Marcy” who was found living on the streets after such a prolonged period that her collar was embedded in her shoulder.
“We have a lot of strays. We wonder why the owners don’t come forward but you never know the reasons,” Danyow said.
Anyone interested in adopting Holly or one of the other animals at the shelter can call 483-6700.