After Molly's tragic incident, the SPCA of Ocala is now Molly's forever home. Molly is now a permanent resident. Her days consist of running & playing with the other dogs, lying around & sunning herself, swimming, going on golf cart rides, and just being a happy dog. Photos of Molly at the sanctuary can be found below. If you would like to donate to Molly and the other animal's needs click the donate link below. All donations are tax deductible.
Molly's Tragic History
An Ocala man was arrested Sunday after reportedly beating and stabbing his girlfriend’s dog.
Steven Scott Fleming, 49, was banging on the front door of a home at 1137 NE 13th St., Ocala, just after 3:30 p.m. Neighbors told police he was yelling for his girlfriend to let him in, according to Ocala Police Department reports.
When the man got into the house, the neighbors reported hearing screaming and a dog crying as though it was being killed, reports state.
The first officer to arrive saw Fleming walking away from the home and told him to stop. Instead, police say, Fleming ran and hopped over a fence. Officers were able to catch Fleming a short time late.
Neighbors had gathered around an American boxer/Labrador mix named Molly, who was bleeding badly from her head and face. Inside the home, officer found blood splattered throughout the house, including bloody drag marks and a broken and bloodied baseball bat. No one else was in the house, reports state.
Officers were concerned for Fleming’s girlfriend but later found her passed out under a tree near a bar on Southeast Maricamp Road, according to reports. The woman, who was highly intoxicated, did not know anything about the incident at the home. She was placed into protective custody due to her state, according to reports.
The dog suffered a fractured skull and was stabbed in the head three times. One of the stab wounds penetrated her sinus cavity. She was taken by Marion County Animal Services for treatment of her injuries.
Fleming was found with two bloody pocket knives in his pocket, reports state. He was booked into the Marion County Jail on one count each of aggravated animal cruelty, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation for a previous possession of cocaine arrest. He was being held without bond on the latter charge.
Photos of Molly at the SPCA of Ocala