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Molly the Marble Dog.

Molly the Marble Dog

Field review by the editors.

Ocala, Florida

Statues of dogs are fairly common, but we can't recall a dog 1) carved out of pricey Carrara marble by 2) a sculptor whose work is also in Washington's National Statuary Hall. That sculptor would be Nilda Comas, and the dog is Molly, who became the unofficial mascot of Ocala after her owner stabbed and beat her in 2014. The owner was sent to prison, and Molly became the namesake of Molly's Law, a registry of animal abusers.

Molly died in February 2023 and, since Comas had known Molly, the statue was carved and unveiled only four months later. Speaking at the unveiling, Ocala mayor Kent Guinn had a warning for anyone who damaged the statue: "We will hunt you down like a dog." That was not the appropriate thing to say about this particular sculpture, but everyone tactfully overlooked it.

Molly the Marble Dog

Address:
201 SE 3rd St., Ocala, FL
Directions:
On the north side of SE 3rd St., in front of the Citizen Service Center, just east of its intersection with SE 1st Ave.
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