12-year-old Damon Boyer-Marwood has been hailed a hero after he stood up to a group of schoolyard bullies who were viciously kicking and beating a small dog and rescued the injured creature.
The Wellington SPCA has said that they plan to give the boy a bravery award after his commendable actions.
LifeWithDogs reports that young Damon was on his way home from Brandon Intermediate School in Cannons Creek on Thursday when he heard the yelping of an animal in distress. He followed the sound and that was when he was met with the horrific sight of a group of children holding down a small female dog whilst they took turns in kicking her and beating her with a cricket bat.
Damon was outnumbered by these cruel bullies, but stood up to them nonetheless. At first they refused to listen to Damon’s plea to stop hurting the animal, but such was his bravery and determination that eventually they all ran off with their tails between their legs!
Damon took the badly beaten dog to the home of a nearby friend and they rang the SPCA to try and track down the poor little mutt’s owner. Thankfully the dog had a microchip and was reunited with her owner Sosefina Leota. Leota was so overcome with gratitude that she insisted on meeting the young boy who had saved her dogs life, she said: “I want to thank him from my heart, I want to know his face.”
Wellington SPCA inspector Kaycee Polkinghorne has said that an investigation into the attack is underway, however, in a written statement she said: “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 wonder what’s going on to make them think this is acceptable behavior.”
She praised Damon’s brave actions and said that she hoped that there were others out there, who like him, would not be afraid to stand up for what is right.
In the comment stream under the article, many animal lovers and rights activists commended Damon’s behavior, calling him an inspiration and a hero. However they also expressed bitter disappointment over the fact that the perpetrators of the attack were, in all likelihood, going to get away with it. Some expressed the opinion that their parents should be made accountable for their children’s actions.
I reckon someone should definitely have a word with the parents – and probably let them know about the fact that kids that torture animals often grow up to be serial killers or psychopaths…That might give them something to think about!