Holly Boyd, convicted Chihuahua killer, has died

Categories: Animal Rights
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Holly Boyd was found in her apartment bathroom.
When news broke that Holly Boyd had killed her tiny Chihuahua puppy in a fit of anger, it sparked outrage from dog lovers across the globe. When she was sentenced to 45 days in jail, animal advocates cried foul yet again.

No matter how bad she may have seemed, Boyd's life has -- according to the Anoka County medical examiner's office -- come to a very early end.

Boyd first came to the public's attention after police responded to a call from her boyfriend. After the couple fought, their new Chihuahua puppy had apparently peed on Boyd's leg. Boyd picked it up and slung it at a dresser so hard, the animal ruptured its bowels and fractured its skull in several places. Boyd's boyfriend then said he got the following text: "The dogs killed it also broke its neck I think."

The crime drew ire from all over the world, sparking an online petition and a Facebook page demanding Boyd get the maximum sentence for her crime (the Facebook page has subsequently gone dark). She pleaded guilty, and was sentenced in late November to 45 days in jail and three years of probation. As a part of her plea agreement, she could avoid jail altogether if she enrolled in counseling.

Though the decision further infuriated animal lovers, the judge, the prosecuting attorney, and Boyd's own defense attorney all agreed that Boyd was very mentally ill. At her sentencing she described being booed off of buses and holing up in her apartment.

According to the Fridley Patch, Boyd's mother in Tennessee called local police after she hadn't heard from Holly in several days. The Columbia Heights police reported that they found her dead in her bathroom. She was 29.

Boyd's mother confirmed that her daughter was battling mental illness and struggled when she was not on her medication. The Anoka County medical examiner has yet to release the cause of death.

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Willingham69
Willingham69

i used to date her. she does have issues but underneith it all, she was a good person. if people would have taken the time to here her cries, she may still be alive. i will miss u lady. u r in a better place now and hopefully u r finally happy

Angelgirl23457
Angelgirl23457

My chihuahua blitz got hit by a car I pick him up befor he died I feel him around me

Bensonchris646
Bensonchris646

no I met this chick about a year and a half or so ago and she told me and everyone around that she had lymphoma Cancer and had 6 months to live. She took 100 plus Kalonopen pills a day.. she was a freak

Not2shy1974
Not2shy1974

And why can't the media spell her name right? I have a text sent to me Jan. 27th before 5p.m. Central time saying "Hollie was found dead from Overdosing on Methadon and Xanax a "DEADLY COCKTAIL"  Now the medical examiner states they are doing a toxicology screen.  How in the hell did her mother know what she Over dosed on before the tox screen was done? I'm just wondering???

Anon.
Anon.

Empty pill bottles would do it, especially if she discovered the scene of the death.

Rescuetransports
Rescuetransports

While it may be sad that her mental illness was not treated, it does *not* excuse what she did to an innocent, helpless living being.  Holly Boyd could have reached out for help to MANY - her Chihuahua was not so lucky, and was dependent solely on her.  While I will not say I am happy her life is over, I will join the bandwagon of thinking her mental illness excuses what she did.  There are many, MANY mentally ill folks out there who do not go and commit an act of violence against a human being.  Ultimately, the responsibily for seeking help and treatment lies upon the individual - not on anyone else.  And yes, I KNOW it is difficult to seek help.  But it can, and has, been done.  She had choices, and she made them.

rescuetransports@gmail.com
rescuetransports@gmail.com

I will *not* join the bandwagon and there are many who do not commit an act of violence against other human beings or animals. 

Michal
Michal

I would personally bludgeon 10,000 Chihuahuas to death if it would give Holly one more day on this Earth.

tobeforu
tobeforu

i would love to shit on your ugly face Michal.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Good Job God is doing his best to cleanse this world!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Good Job God is a great band name.

Guest
Guest

I don't think that this is what God had in mind. Read a Bible every once in a while.

what canit
what canit

Bible...eye for an eye...she killed an innocent pup..then she died...good news.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Yes, certainly Hammurabi's Law applied to dogs...in Babylon, if you killed a poor wittle  animal, you were subject to summary execution.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

That kind of stuff is in the bible. That book is full of murder, revenge, and bigotry, so I don't know why anyone is surprised that self-professed Christians follow that stuff. Unless you want him only to read the feel-good Jesusy sections, which is just as selective and dishonest as cherry-picking the vengeful God material. It's like telling someone to read the rantings of Charles Manson but only listen to the positive stuff he says about human brotherhood and spiritual love.

T Blackford
T Blackford

That's just sad all around. I wish the mental health of these people was a bigger issue. Some of the worst things that happen in America and the world happen because people with problems aren't getting the help they need. John Lennon would still be alive if Mark David Chapman's counselor had been a little more sympathetic to the crazy stuff the man was saying in his office. 

The fact that the sorry state of the mental health screening/treatment is hugely responsible for many of these 'reprehensible' crimes only comes up after the fact, to most people. I think the whole thing is very sad.

what canit
what canit

Mental health???She was angry...she killed her pup..that is it....I find it very funny that the only "fact" that you can come up with is a statement about John Lennon's killer..anything more recent??  She made the choice..she was a big girl..she knew what she was doing.....it is that simple... I do hope someone pisses on her grave...maybe she will reach up from her coffin and kill them too.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Mental health services are always the first thing on the chopping block. I was one of the "outraged" when Holly got the 45-day sentence, and the tragic end to her life is a stark reminder that crime and violence are never so simple. Although it's easy for many (especially legislators) to ignore and isolate the poor and mentally ill (and those two circles heavily overlap), a society is only as stable as its base, and can topple if resources are stacked too heavily on top.  You're right that this is a problem we can't ignore, but, if we don't reassess our priorities, we won't be able to for long.

I hope Holly's suffering is over now. I judged her quickly and in near-ignorance, and although her crime was awful, I can only wonder now what kind of abuses were committed against her. Maybe my shame is unrealistic, but I can't help but feel that only a few circumstances made her life different than mine.

Not2shy1974
Not2shy1974

She almost cut a girls foot off in TN before killing the dog. You were not quick to judge and yes she felt NO REMORSE for that either.

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