Save Molly the Spaniel

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Heidi Hofacker
on behalf of Richard Hofacker
 MOUNT HOLLY, NC
This morning April 24th, my brother Rick and the love of his life Molly the Cocker Spaniel were attacked by two pit bulls in Tuckaseegee Park in Mount Holly North Carolina. My brother dove on top of Molly to try to save her but she was still badly wounded. My brother who is blind from macular degeneration and is a Veteran from Vietnam lost part of an ear, had one hand badly mauled and lost a great deal of blood. Molly was severely wounded and is in surgery now. If she is able to survive the surgery, she will require extensive care exceeding  what my brother is able to do alone. Please, please help us save Molly....she is everything to him.
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Update 7
Posted by Heidi Hofacker
32 months ago
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So, the advisory board that was commissioned to hear the case to determine what should happen to the two dogs that nearly killed my brother and his dog met last week. The owner of the attack dogs was given a good deal of time to plead mercy for his dogs and for reduced fines. My brother....frustrated by the process was not given the same courtesy of time to plead his case and address the man responsible for the incredible trauma they encountered. For those of you not up on your anatomy and physiology, I want to point out just how close this was to my brother losing his life. The dogs were going for his throat...because he is 6'5" and nearly 250 pounds, he had the strength to hold them off and was able to turn his head just in time, causing him to lose his ear, not his life. In the infinite wisdom of what I can only surmise was a very bleeding heart (for the attack dogs, not for Molley or Rick) liberal advisory board, they decided to release the dogs back to an obviously irresponsible owner. So, the City of Mt. Holly will eventually recoup any expense they encountered to quarantine the dogs while they monitored for rabies...(because the owner couldn't be bothered to keep their shots up to date), the owner will get his dogs back and not be forced to compensate my brother in any way for the physical, emotional and financial burden he inflicted upon him. So, the only one left holding the bag....is my brother, whose only mistake was to think it was SAFE to take his little Cocker Spaniel for a walk in a City park on a Sunday morning without a weapon. Rick is now permanently disfigured and still dealing with intense pain from the loss of his ear and injuries to his hand. He is emotionally traumatized from the attack and has encountered thousands of dollars in vet bills, medical supplies and Doctor bills for his injuries. Miss Molley is still traumatized from the event and healing from her wounds. So this is what Justice looks like in the United States circa 2016. I am posting a link to a Pit bull attack archive website at the end of my "rant" because it is imperative for people to understand just how big of a problem this is Nation wide. there are on average one hundred incidents just like Rick's every month, and some do not survive. To everyone that says, it is not the breed, it is the owner....there is some truth to that. However, you can not argue with the statistics that show 75% of all vicious dog attacks are done by THREE BREEDS...the Pit, the Rottweiler and Wolf mixes. I mentioned this before, but I spoke with a woman that runs a local dog lake and rescue. She told me how she raised them from pups and showed them nothing but love, affection and security. They thanked her by attacking her other dogs. she did what any rational person should do, she put them down. I have heard this same story from several animal lovers that learned about the breed the hard way...So the advisory board that decided it was in the best interest of public safety...(because that is supposed to be one of the main reasons to have a local government) to release these dogs to the owner...of course there were rules attached for him to follow...and of course I suspect he will pay as much attention to those rules as he did the rabies vaccinations. It is my understanding that he doesn't care much for motor vehicle laws either. So, congratulations to the owner and to the advisory board...You Won! And the rest of us, especially Rick and Molley as well as the uninformed and unarmed park goers LOST. WHEN these dogs attack again...and they will...it may just be a child that pays the price this time, and as Rick said...that blood will be on YOUR hands!

http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/attack-archives/

So to all of you that contributed, I cannot say Thank you enough. Without your help, this would have been very difficult financially for my brother. As it is, he will continue to face additional costs from this attack.
As for the owner....just saying I'm sorry doesn't do it. Any man of character would be making arrangements to provide some financial relief for what you caused...so what kind of man are you???????????????????? Needless to say, I won't hold my breath.
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Update 6
Posted by Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago
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Miss Molley resting after her stitches came out
Our sweet girl after stitches came out
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Update 5
Posted by Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago
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As Rick mentioned in his comment……yesterday was both good and bad. It was good in that Molley is making progress and was able to have her stitches removed. In the same breath, it was bad as I know all of you that love your besties with all your heart, hate to see them suffer for one second.
Molley has been such a trooper and has been through so much. It hurt Rick to help hold her down and watch her whence as the stitches came out. The vet said he has done a fabulous job caring for her, and you can see by the health of her incision, which is most definitely the case.
With that said, it caused both of them to relive the trauma. I understand and share his frustration with the situation. We both grew up in an era when character mattered and the system helped provide relief for the victim. Personally responsibility was a treasured national value and we had a united sense of basic right and wrong. Sadly, I no longer live in that Country, she is gone and has been replaced with moral relativism and denial of personal responsibility at all cost. In addition, our system no longer protects or provides for the actual victim in circumstances such as these. I have read dozens of cases from all across the Country where dog attacks have occurred and the victim is left shouldering the physical, emotional and financial burdens caused to them. Meanwhile, the person responsible often has no means in which to pay for the damage they caused, and walks away Scott free and often has the dogs returned to them even though they have demonstrated an inability to exercise proper judgement and care. I have a problem with this. I don't know what the right answer is. At the very least, owners of aggressive breeds should be required to carry insurance, especially if there are ANY prior incidents involving the dog(s) involved in the current attack. Just yesterday we had one occur where I live in Hollywood Florida. The woman was just walking her little 13 year old wire haired terrier in her neighborhood and was attacked by 2 American Bulldogs-(with a prior history of biting that were not vaccinated for rabies) when they escaped their owners property-because he had failed to secure it. Another woman came to her aid and then her husband tried to help all of them, both of the women were badly injured and their sweet little dog was KILLED. Our heart breaks for their loss and the injuries they will now spend weeks/months and thousands of dollars recovering from. Something has to change. It is not acceptable that individuals that refuse to take the most basic precautions and care are allowed to just walk away from the damage they have caused because they are indigent, while innocent individuals whose only mistake was thinking it was safe to walk down the street or go to a park are left holding the bag. I have little faith that politicians will do anything to fix the problem, so the moral of our story is to be aware that anytime you leave your home with your dog(s) you may encounter this situation. I now walk my dogs protected. I have decided that if encountered and it appears that someone is going to leave the scene of an attack bleeding; it won’t be me or mine! Everyone will have to make that decision for themselves. But for me, now that I know what I know, I refuse to be the victim. I also choose to focus on all of the selfless kind people that helped us through this time with donations and prayer rather than the irresponsible people that leave death and destruction in their path while looking to lay blame anywhere but where it belongs…with themselves.
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Update 4
Posted by Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago
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Hi to all those checking in for updates on Molly and Rick's progress. I apologize for the late post but I am traveling for work. Molly had a better day and is eating and drinking better. She even ate a little piece of grilled steak that Rick made as a celebration for them making it through the attack and surviving a tough week:) They are both still having a fair amount of pain but talking it a day at a time. Hopefully, we will have news on Rick's ear soon as he begins to see specialists. Thank you to everyone that has been reaching out to see how they are doing. I will continue to provide updates as they heal. This situation has shown both the best and worst of humanity. Thanks to all of those that not only donated but took time out of their busy lives to send well wishes and prayers, I will choose to focus on the best!
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Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago
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Thank you to everyone helping my brother and his best buddy Molly

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Rick Manz Hofacker
33 months ago
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To all of you who responded. Thank you . Im taking Molley to the vet this morning to possibly get her stitches out. She is still very spooked and so am I. We need time to get over this. The owner of the attack dogs is indigent , so lawyers cant do much with him. He has no remorse in that he was taking photos of the gate minutes after the attack. A senior lady reported this to animal control. She said she was sick to her stomach after asking him if he had no remorse The only thing faulty was him not latching the outer gate properly. We got your story dude, and no sorry isn't enough. My ear will take 3 operations to repair, and lots of pain and suffering,. My left hand will never be the same, And neither will Molley. We wish you a miserable life and many days of pain and misery. Get a job so I can put a judgement on you . End of story.

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Kim Mathews
32 months ago

Well I hope your brother is aware of a civil suit that can be filed. Of course he will have to get a lawyer and that will cost money but hopefully a civil suit will be filed since nothing else is being done. Good luck and get well to both of them.

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Paula Sadler Self
32 months ago

Heidi, I am appalled at the Ruling made by the Mt. Holly counsel that heard the case. Are we now encouraging owners of vicious dogs to let them roam free, no worries, no penalties. I hear cases on tv all the time where there are laws that say the owner of an unleashed dog, or leashed but not under the control of the owner, is totally responsible for any and all damages caused in an attack. Where is personal responsibility? Is there any appeal process? you can bet your sweet bottom that if this attack had happened to a member of their family, you would have seen an entirely different outcome. What a shame and travesty. Shame on Mt. Holly for not doing the right thing!!!!!

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Kimberly Reardon
32 months ago

God Bless Molly and her Daddy ! I wish them both a speedy recovery ! Poor things . You are both in my prayers for swift healing . Please do t judge all Pitts by this horrible attacks . There are bad apples in every bunch ! Get Well soon ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Suzanne Gilmore Taylor
33 months ago

As a fellow Spaniel lover,I'm so sorry you and Molly had to endure this.

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Kristie Evans Singleton
33 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to both Rick and Molly for a speedy recovery. I am unable to donate but will share this and ask for help. Wish I could do more.

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Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago

Dear Lisa, thank you for the compassionate words. We are so moved by the outpouring of love and support from so many. It renews my faith in humanity!

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Lisa Padgett
33 months ago

I'm so terribly sorry this happened.

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Raised by 83 people in 33 months
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Paula Self
32 months ago

Keeping Rick and Molly in my prayers

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32 months ago
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Angela Rohrbaugh
32 months ago

Sending healing thoughts their way & hoping for a fast recovery.

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33 months ago
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33 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of the awful attack suffered by you and Molly. I pray that God quickly heals your wounds, both physically and emotionally.

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Cathy Ellsworth
33 months ago
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Prayers and positive thoughts sent for safe healing and recovery for Molly and Rick

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Karen Gorbaty
33 months ago
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33 months ago
Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago
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Thank you to everyone helping my brother and his best buddy Molly

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Rick Manz Hofacker
33 months ago
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To all of you who responded. Thank you . Im taking Molley to the vet this morning to possibly get her stitches out. She is still very spooked and so am I. We need time to get over this. The owner of the attack dogs is indigent , so lawyers cant do much with him. He has no remorse in that he was taking photos of the gate minutes after the attack. A senior lady reported this to animal control. She said she was sick to her stomach after asking him if he had no remorse The only thing faulty was him not latching the outer gate properly. We got your story dude, and no sorry isn't enough. My ear will take 3 operations to repair, and lots of pain and suffering,. My left hand will never be the same, And neither will Molley. We wish you a miserable life and many days of pain and misery. Get a job so I can put a judgement on you . End of story.

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Kim Mathews
32 months ago

Well I hope your brother is aware of a civil suit that can be filed. Of course he will have to get a lawyer and that will cost money but hopefully a civil suit will be filed since nothing else is being done. Good luck and get well to both of them.

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Paula Sadler Self
32 months ago

Heidi, I am appalled at the Ruling made by the Mt. Holly counsel that heard the case. Are we now encouraging owners of vicious dogs to let them roam free, no worries, no penalties. I hear cases on tv all the time where there are laws that say the owner of an unleashed dog, or leashed but not under the control of the owner, is totally responsible for any and all damages caused in an attack. Where is personal responsibility? Is there any appeal process? you can bet your sweet bottom that if this attack had happened to a member of their family, you would have seen an entirely different outcome. What a shame and travesty. Shame on Mt. Holly for not doing the right thing!!!!!

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Kimberly Reardon
32 months ago

God Bless Molly and her Daddy ! I wish them both a speedy recovery ! Poor things . You are both in my prayers for swift healing . Please do t judge all Pitts by this horrible attacks . There are bad apples in every bunch ! Get Well soon ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Suzanne Gilmore Taylor
33 months ago

As a fellow Spaniel lover,I'm so sorry you and Molly had to endure this.

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Kristie Evans Singleton
33 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to both Rick and Molly for a speedy recovery. I am unable to donate but will share this and ask for help. Wish I could do more.

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Heidi Hofacker
33 months ago

Dear Lisa, thank you for the compassionate words. We are so moved by the outpouring of love and support from so many. It renews my faith in humanity!

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Lisa Padgett
33 months ago

I'm so terribly sorry this happened.

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