12 yr old Hero Saves Dog From Attack By Other Kids

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“What a great kid, shame more don’t have his morals. If their too young to face normal prison, they should be put in a young offenders institute, frighten the hell out of them, they won’t be so quick to do it again! However with kids this age, their is always a ring leader, the bully of the group, the one that say’s if you don’t do this…bla bla!! Those bullies need a sharp shock, get it wrong at this age, face their wrath later in life!”

The Wellington SPCA says it intends to honor a 12 year old boy with a bravery award for coming to the rescue of a dog that was being attacked by a group of schoolyard bullies. Damon Boyer-Marwood, 12, was walking home from Brandon Intermediate School in Cannons Creek on Thursday when he heard an animal cry. Moving closer to the sound, he found a group of children holding down a small female dog and taking turns kicking it. They also took turns beating it with a cricket bat.

Infuriated by what he saw, the brave child stepped in and told the group of boys to leave the dog alone and go away. At first they resisted, but his conviction was such that after a brief standoff, they released the dog and fled.

“They stood there for a bit, then they ran inside,” he said.

Damon took the battered dog to a friend’s house before calling the SPCA to try to identify an owner. A microchip scan turned up a name and address, and the dog was returned to owner Sosefina Leota yesterday. She insisted on meeting the hero who saved her dog, saying “I want to thank him from my heart, I want to know his face.”

Damon’s grandmother, Jenny Marwood, is proud, and says the kind-hearted boy saved the dog’s life. “It makes you wonder what would have happened if he didn’t step in.”

In a written statement, Wellington SPCA inspector Kaycee Polkinghorne said an investigation is underway. “Because of the ages, there’s not a lot we can do prosecution-wise, but it does reinforce the importance of having education in schools about things like this. You just have to to wonder what’s going on to make them think this is acceptable behavior.” “They are old enough to know right from wrong at that age, a slap on the wrist will mean diddly squat…do something to scare the little buggers into not doing anything like this again.  Doing nothing will mean that at least one of them, will carry on abusing animals, then who know’s what or who is next!”

Polkinghorne praised Damon for his moral fortitude, and said that he hopes others will follow his example.  “I just hope there are more kids out there who are willing to stand up for what’s right and not be afraid to say it.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/05/12-year-old-hero-saves-dog-from-attack-by-abusers/

Christchurch man shot pet dog in anger

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A Hornby man says he fired five or six shots into the head of his $1000 hunting dog after tying it to a fence post when it “bailed” his four-year-old daughter as though it was hunting.

Christchurch District Court Judge Colin Doherty will give his reserved decision on 25-year-old Adam Blain Milne’s actions on Friday. He has already heard the evidence on the SPCA prosecution of the dog owner.

Milne left the dog slumped against the fence post on the Waimakariri riverbank near West Melton on August 6. It was not moving and he thought it was dead after so many shots to the head.

But the dog, a Staffordshire terrier named Bully, was still alive and after it was found by a member of the public it had to be euthanised by a veterinarian because of its injuries.

Milne, a self-employed electrician, denied the charge of ill-treating the animal.

“I took no joy in doing it. He was part of the family,” Milne told the court.

He told of being at the riverbank with his daughter and the dog. Bully was tied to the back of the ute while Milne was shooting targets. The dog was about six months old. He had bought it from a breeder for $1000 as a hunting dog and for breeding.

The dog had “bailed” his daughter, causing scratch marks on her face, possibly where he had pawed her. “He backed her into a corner and held her at bay. If he wasn’t tethered I don’t know how far he would have gone.” 

Milne then drove the dog a short distance, with his daughter in the vehicle, and tied it to a fence post on a short lead, before shooting it repeatedly. After the third shot, the dog dropped. Milne looked away as he fired the last two shots because he did not want to look into the dog’s eyes. The series of shots with the semi-automatic .22 rifle took 10 to 12 seconds.

The dog was not dead when a passer by found it,  he took the dog to a vet but due to injuries the dog had to be pts.

Read More here:- Man shot his dog

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