Good Samaritan Saves Dog from Intentional Drowning

Carlos Torres says he was horrified to witness a group of teenage boys trying to drown a a 3-year-old Shih Tzu in a canal in Miami Gardens, FL. last weekend. Torres was driving by the canal on Saturday morning when he saw the teens throw the canine into the water. The female dog was stuffed in a plastic bag and had bricks tied to her back legs.

Acting decisively, Torres jumped into the water and grabbed the dog before it went under. “That’s when I ran the light, stopped and noticed there was a dog inside the bag,” he said. “I couldn’t believe what they were doing, so I threw myself inside the canal, took the dog out, removed her out of the bag and removed the bricks from the dog.”

Torres called animal rescuer Josh Agostinie “She can’t walk on that leg. She actually does her business on herself, and I have to constantly be cleaning after her, because she can’t stand up,” said Agostinie. “It’s a shame they did this to this dog. She’s a sweetheart. Last night, she wouldn’t stop crying, even though she was on the pain medication.”

Carlos Torres

Agostinie took the battered pooch to Smiling Pets Vet Clinic in Miami. Dr. Avi Adulami examined the dog and said her left rear leg was nearly destroyed. “Part of the femur was completely disintegrated,” he said. “The lower part of the femur in the kneecap was completely shattered in pieces.”

A $1500 surgery will be required to repair that leg, and locals have already started a collection drive. Torres is hoping donations will add up quickly. “That is a sweet dog. I had her at my house the whole day before I took her to the doctor. It’s just horrible what kids are doing these days. Kids have nothing to do, and this is how they play, and they don’t realize they were trying to kill a creature that is doing absolutely nothing to them,” said Torres.

Those who wish to donate to the surgery fund may do so at http://www.furangelsrescue.com.



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    July 6, 2011 1:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    mmttw

    Bless him!!!! Hope she heals fast.

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    July 6, 2011 9:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Justin

    wtf is wrong with these kids? If I had impunity, the parents of those kids would be mourning their losses.

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      July 10, 2011 10:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Elizabeth

      Ha ha … love it!!

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      • July 11, 2011 5:23 amPosted 3 years ago
        Delia

        @ Elizabeth…Love it? What part? The drowning of the little dog or the saved from Carlos. This is no a laughing matter.

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          July 11, 2011 9:48 amPosted 3 years ago
          Elizabeth

          …about the parents mourning their losses..

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  • July 6, 2011 9:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Marilyn

    THANK YOU CARLOS !!

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    July 6, 2011 9:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Granny

    Hey America, what are you teaching your kids?????

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      July 10, 2011 6:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Debbie

      Totally agree – people now seem to have no consideration or respect for life. Something is terribly wrong. Dogs feel pain and loneliness and fear exactly the same as we do and abusing a dog should be punished the same as abusing a child. It’s so unfair.

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    July 6, 2011 9:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Molly

    What is wrong with people? Thank you to this good samaritan.

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    July 6, 2011 9:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rosemary

    Thank God Carlos was there at the right time and brave enough to save this poor little pup. It is so tragic that children can be so cruel.

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    • July 10, 2011 7:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Rich

      These are not children or kids these are jackasses who treat animals as they will treat people.

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        July 11, 2011 6:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
        LAURAIE ROGERS

        you r so right Rich, they r jackasses who will treat plp the same way in time.

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  • July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Elizabeth

    There are so many cruel people in this world! Carlos has earned a very special place in heaven! Thanks for saving that sweet baby Carlos!

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      July 7, 2011 12:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Anonymous

      Absolutely a special place in heaven. Carlos you are an angel! Thank you for being an amazing human being. Good always wins over evil.

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    July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kristen

    This story makes me heartsick – I could cry. So many kids these days are cruel and heartless – no empathy or compassion for other living creatures and people. I hope that little dog gets it’s medical needs met and a wonderful, loving home to live out its remaining days. <3

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    July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Debbie

    Whatever happened to the good old days when someone would have bashed those boys heads together to teach them a thing or two?

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      July 6, 2011 11:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Anonymous

      They didn’t do it in front of ME…..or somebody like me…. I’d be in jail…and not feel bad or lose sleep over it at all….Their parents could sue mall they wanted to…I’d do a year for assault on idiot minors no problem for this….WE ARE THEIR VOICE….and mine is loud and final…. .

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      July 10, 2011 5:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Gina

      Amen.

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      July 10, 2011 11:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Mim

      Maybe they need a little scare like wrapping them in a plastic bag with bricks around their ankles so they can feel the fear of death. Not enough to kill them, just enough to let them know what it feels like.Just like that poor little dog felt !!! I am sure they will learn compassion and respect for the little life they almost took. Maybe their parents can watch. Suppose those parents will then teach their kids anything ?
      Our laws are not tough enoough for these types of hate crimes. Man made laws, Man can change them.

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        August 4, 2011 8:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Lauraie Rogers

        Mim, U are 100% rite. this is exactly hw i feel. Let them feel what that little dog felt.Our laws need to be tougher on these types of hate crimes !!!!!!!!!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Cathy

    thank GOD for people like Carlos Torres…. hope this poor dog has a full recovery!

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    July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Karen

    God bless you, Carlos. What a wonderful thing you did and I’m so thankful that your timing was so that you witnessed what was going on and that you could save this baby. Thank you for what you did.

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    July 6, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    William

    Were there criminal charges brought?

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  • July 6, 2011 9:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tk

    i say drown the boys…see how they like it!

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      July 10, 2011 1:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
      alyssa

      ill do it, for free ;)

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  • July 6, 2011 9:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sandra

    Someone needs to do the same to these kids and see how they like it..an eye for an eye!!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Cathy

    was just commenting earlier today about how kids are acting these days… what is the problem with them to be so mean and angry? wake up parents, this is what you are raising?

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      July 10, 2011 1:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Les

      I know what you mean Cathy, but the whole problem today, is that the law doesn’t let parents correct kids, because they say that you are abusing them…..EXCUSE ME, if I would have done what these sick individules have done, I would have got my a$$ beat by my parents till I couldn’t sit for a week, and then been grounded and had to have done some community work. And my parents would never abuse any of us kids, but when we did something wrong, especially like these sick kids did, I would be the first to say that I deserved everything I got…and rightfully so. The laws need to be changed !!!! Maybe a little less of this crap would be happening then.

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        July 10, 2011 2:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
        GG

        Too funny, Les. You must be somewhat of a senior citizen like I am. I remember exactly the same kinds of punishment, and to this day, I am SO GRATEFUL for them. By the time the switch was worn out on me, I had no thoughts of repeating that offense. It’s disgusting and disturbing how children are raised today (not all of them, but I’d say the majority.) Also, I’ll bet you didn’t get to put in your menu order for supper, did you? You ate what was served, period.

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        July 11, 2011 11:36 amPosted 3 years ago
        Anonymous

        les the law today sux look what happen to caseu anthony a killer walking free soon , and that poor little girl gone to soon grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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    July 6, 2011 9:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Stacy Haines

    Has someone found these evil kids & punished them within the full extent of the law?? Let’s see if they like being thrown in the water with weights on their ankles after their legs are crushed. How could people do this to an innocent animal???

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    July 6, 2011 9:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Justin

    Duct tape…check. Cinder blocks with rope…check. Where did I put my plane ticket to Florida????

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      August 4, 2011 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dutch

      I’m with you. Let’s see how quickly they learn empathy with a drowning creature.

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  • July 6, 2011 9:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Diane

    How could they hurt this innocent little dog. I commend Carlos Torres for rescuing this dog. He was in the right place at just the right time.

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    July 6, 2011 9:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Patricia

    Rotten little bastards!!! I would have handed the dog to another citizen and grabbed one of them and threw them in the canal!! More if I could have gotten my hands on them!!!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Debra

    God put Carlos in the right place at the right time.

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    July 6, 2011 9:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Lee

    I hate people sometimes.

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  • July 6, 2011 9:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Melissa

    Wake up America!!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Heather

    Carlos is one badass hero!

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    July 6, 2011 9:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Justin

    ^this

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    July 6, 2011 9:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ash

    GJ Carlos!!! What is wrong the human race, where are the parents and what examples are they setting for their children so sad!!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Patricia

    AMEN DEBRA!!!! AMEN!!!!

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  • July 6, 2011 9:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Heather

    Thank you Carlos! People like YOU should be considered heroes that kids should be looking up to. Nike should be giving YOU an endorsement! YOU should be a household name! With some athletes acting the way they do and still earning millions of dollars kids think it’s” cool”. It’s sick and demented. In my opinion people should not be allowed to be roll models after such sickening behavior. Againm thank you Carlos! YOU are MY hero!!

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    July 6, 2011 9:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Alice

    What the hell…what is wrong with people…I have 2 boys, 16 and 12. Do you know what they like to do? They play lacrosse and swim and in general act like boys, fart humor, potty jokes etc. If they thought fun was drowning a dog, they would be in military school so quick it would make their heads spin.

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    July 6, 2011 9:51 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kathy

    Thank you Carlos.

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    July 6, 2011 10:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    jason

    can i contribute to a fund to track down the boys and do the same thing to them?

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    July 6, 2011 10:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Joan

    Kids have no consequences for their actions in this day & age. They are out of control under their parent’s protection – all in the name of building their self-confidence. It’s sickening! Sadly, the boys that did this have no self esteem and must hurt small innocent creatures to make themselves look big & bad in their own eyes. How pathetic for them! What they don’t realize is they are sick individuals who need psychological help immediately! The Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, and the Columbine Boys were all cited with animal cruelty before turning their rage onto people. These boys need help now before they hurt other animals and humans. They are damaged little boys with no hope of a future – without some much needed help!
    Thanks to Carlos for being a REAL MAN and an awesome hero! Good deeds for small defenseless creatures don’t go unnoticed – you really shined by helping that poor girl from those inferior humans!! Whether or not they believe in Karma – it will get them one day, thank God!

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      July 7, 2011 1:10 amPosted 3 years ago
      Yankee Fan

      where can we donate?
      Theres a nonprofit Lone Star ShihTzu and Lhasas that this can post on to help out

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      July 8, 2011 11:19 amPosted 3 years ago
      GG

      Agreed, Joan.

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    July 7, 2011 1:13 amPosted 3 years ago
    Patrice

    These little bastards need to be in JAIL!!! This makes me sick to my stomach.. I would have been in jail.. Who are these little dirtbags? They need their names made public! Someone needs to be held accountable!!!!! I am so SICK of all the animal abuse that goes on! We need stricker laws and an Animal Abuse Registry in every county in every state!! Animal Abusers are known criminals… and they end up hurting people!!! Rot in hell you little bastards! Maybe one day you have the same unfortunate thing happen to you in your fkn swimming pools!

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      July 7, 2011 5:30 amPosted 3 years ago
      Sue

      I agree!!

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    July 7, 2011 3:14 amPosted 3 years ago
    NICOLA

    YES I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME…EXCEPT I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE BRICKS AND BEAT THE LITTLE BASTARDS TO DEATH!!!!!!

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      July 7, 2011 5:39 amPosted 3 years ago
      Sue

      Yep! Me too. The little punks have serious mental issues and will probably do this again! Anyone who can do or watch the torture of an animal need to be tortured themselves. These teens are probably our future serial killers or penitentiary bound as adults. They are a waste of the oxygen they breathe!

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      August 4, 2011 11:30 amPosted 2 years ago
      Marilyn

      They euthanize “dangerous” dogs, how about euthanizing the dangerous evil spawn created by some of the same people that made innocent dogs dangerous. Nip the problem in the bud!

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    July 7, 2011 4:12 amPosted 3 years ago
    Dora

    That really angers me, I have heaps of pets of my own and i am only 15. I dont understand, i have heard of a simliar story to think but it was with a kitten. Something must have gone wrong in there heads.

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    July 7, 2011 7:37 amPosted 3 years ago
    Roxann watson

    I am appauled at our youth, and as long as these crimes against animals continue to go unpunished, besides a slap on the wrist, it will continue. After the animals, and they grow up, they will turn on their own race, humans. They become desensitized to their actions.
    Thank you for saving this one little dog, if all of you are discusted with this type of action, please check out facebook, why the abuse, The Patrick Miracle, and you will see it has become an epidemic of animal abuse, so many by teen, and pre teens.

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    July 7, 2011 9:04 amPosted 3 years ago
    jill henry

    This is a perfect example of what happens when you take prayer out of school.You have kids with no soul and you teach Darwinism and teach that we do not have a CREATOR kids feel they have no one to answer to.THANK GOD for you Carlos GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!

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      July 10, 2011 12:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nicola Parry

      @jill henry – I CANNOT believe you said that – this is absolutely nothing to do with god or darwinism – as a biologist and ecologist I am disgusted that people like you should blame the lack of religion for this mindless crime!!!! I have a 13 year old daughter who believes in evolution and not god – and do you know what, she wouldn’t dream of behaving like this moronic kids did! And, for the record, just because kids are not interested in religion does not mean that they feel they have no-one to answer to – blame bloody stupid and lax legal systems (here in the UK and there in the US) – make them answerable in law if not to their parents!

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        July 10, 2011 12:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
        GG

        You are greatly mistaken, Nicola. You’re looking at the small picture. The larger picture is what has happened to humanity, as a whole, since America has decided the Creator of all of us just isn’t as saavy and updated as we feeble human beings are. Regarding this issue of the dog, a lot of atheists such as you have the ability to love animals and love your families and yourself; but your disgust at Christians who know God (large G, Nicola) and give Him the glory is misplaced. Why the rant? Isn’t that just politically incorrect? Here’s something else for you to understand — knowing the Lord of the Universe and Maker of All Things is not religion.

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      July 10, 2011 1:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Shelter Diaries

      No, Jill; I’m afraid not. Plenty of “good, God-fearing people” teach their children that mankind is SO special, God put all the little puppies and kittens and crickets and slugs here for them to do whatever they want with. Evolution, if anything, grants a bit of extra humility and empathy toward other living things – because we’re not so different from them. People should not require an external entity forcing them to do good things. Blaming lack of ethics on lack of religion is the refuge of the lazy (or misinformed).

      Mr. Torres is a hero, and we should all follow his example. Do the right thing – even if it’s inconvenient or difficult – because it’s the right thing to do. There’s at least one little Shih Tzu out there who agrees with me 100% on that.

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        July 10, 2011 2:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
        GG

        Shelter Diaries, it’s always a good idea to know your subject matter before opening your mouth publically and looking foolish. There is no such thing as evolution and the ‘external entity’ (whatever that’s supposed to mean) does not force anyone to do good…if you are trying to refer to God. You need to apologize to Jill, because you are the one who is unformed.

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          July 10, 2011 4:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
          TexasFarmer

          Did you just say there is no such thing as evolution? People need to be taught from a young age what is good and right, and what is wrong and evil. Whatever way a parent decides to teach them (ie- religion or just teaching them empathy and morailty) is their business. But don’t say evolution doesn’t exist. That’s just plain absurd.
          This story is all too common anymore, with kids doing horrible things to animals. This is why we have more murderers and people committing heinous acts. Maybe the PARENTS of these kids should be held partly responsible and the kids should be forced to perform community service at their local shelter, caring for the animals. Maybe they’ll learn something! I commend everyone involved in the rescue of this dog! Mr. Torres, you are a true hero!

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          July 10, 2011 5:35 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Shelter Diaries

          GG, I just don’t really know where to start with that comment. But regardless of what you believe about science or religion, I do have to stand fast on one point: if a person needs the threat of God (any god; pick your favorite) punishing them in order to be a good person, then they aren’t really a good person.

          Whether by a divinely-instilled sense of right and wrong or by simple evolved (!) altruism, children (and adults too) should learn that we don’t live in a vacuum. Our good deeds have a tendency to re-visit us and our neighbors, as do the bad. Do good deeds. Simple as that, and it’s served me pretty well my whole life. I’d agree with Texas Farmer that these kids ought to do a little community service in a shelter and see that cruelty isn’t cool or funny; it’s heartbreaking. In fact, I think we all ought to do a little time “on the inside.” I know I learned far more than I thought possible from my experience.

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    July 7, 2011 11:18 amPosted 3 years ago
    Alexis

    You want to know where these kids get their ideas? First, from parents who were likely the same scum sucking bottom feeders who should have been sterilized before puberty; second from the likes of MICHAEL VICK whose highly publicized torture and murder of dogs went unpunished he only went to jail after plea bargaining down to the illegal money part of what he did – he was NOT punished for animal cruelty and he’s back getting all kinds of awards and big BIG money playing football for adoring and animal-hating fans who visit the animal websites and forums playing troll bashing animal lovers; second they get those ideas from extremely violent video games that extol the fun and profit of dog fighting and they get a blood lust going that young boys have plenty of already fueled by uncontrolled and uninhibited testosterone – uncontrolled by lack of impulse control and lack of education. People – take a look at what these kids today are doing and SEE YOUR FUTURE. If nothing is done about how kids today are being raised and nothing is done about punishing animal abusers you know perfectly well they are going to progress from animals to humans. And even human abuse today is NOT punished adequately. Think about it. Biggest evil in the mis-labeled “justice system” is “plea deals” which always ALWAYS mean the criminals get off with light punishment for truly horrific crimes.

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    July 7, 2011 11:28 amPosted 3 years ago
    Mary

    This is why I despise kids.

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  • July 7, 2011 12:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Maggie

    God Bless Carlos!! These boys need to have bricks on their legs and put in a bag… and thrown in the water… I just don’t understand how anyone could be sooo cruel!! My one question is this! Are any of the boy’s related to the Tot Mom!!!

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    July 7, 2011 12:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    Go a step further sign this petition to protect animals from people like this:
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/dexter-stamp-animal-abuser-stop/

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      July 10, 2011 12:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Sc B. McKinney

      Signed Petition.

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    July 7, 2011 12:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Odean and Cason

    Carlos is a hero and should get the accolades and endorsements. THere are way too many vicious brutal kids today and propping up a psychopath like Michael Vick only adds to the problem. He got away with the murder, the torture and brutality and now we’re all supposed to say its okay. NO ITS NOT!!!! and it never will be.

    I think we are far too lenient on animal abusers and way too lenient on “minors” who commit crimes. Lower the age to 8 or 10 — prosecute violent crimes as violent crimes no matter the age or the species that is the victim.. They did the crime — they should do the time. Its not “just an animal” – its a living sentient being — what starts as a dog or cat will escalate to a human soon enough!

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    July 7, 2011 1:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Pam

    Carlos, YOU are a true man! REAL mean are kind to animals. Live long and prosper little shih tsu savior dude. :)

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    July 7, 2011 3:39 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Antigone1000

    What efforts are underway to hold these kids accountable?? Although saving the dog was commendable, allowing these teens to get off unpunished is unacceptable, yet the sort of thing that happens much too often. Saving the victim is rightfully the first priority, but a very close second is holding the perpetrators accountable. If this is their behavior as teenagers, do you think it is going to get better?? If it were up to me, I would give them all the death penalty now and spare society from having to put up with them. I might just execute the parents, as well. If you don’t want to put the time into raising kids, don’t have them.

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    July 7, 2011 4:56 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Robi Kelly

    Better yet, America what arent you teaching your kids!!! What a sad state of affairs america! We dont know how to treat life at all on so many levels!

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    July 7, 2011 6:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Melanie

    I am just disgusted in how some people can treat animals. You don’t have to like them, but respect them and treat them with kindness. Thank you Carlos. You are a beautiful soul! The world needs more people like you. These sickos need to be found.

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    July 7, 2011 9:51 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    It does my heart good to know there still are caring people not afraid to be the voice for an innocent animal…God bless you. as for those boy’s,what kind of parent’s raise monsters like them????

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    July 8, 2011 5:12 amPosted 3 years ago
    beth carter

    your what we need in this world carlos your my hero guy i love you dude

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    July 8, 2011 11:17 amPosted 3 years ago
    GG

    I have only one amendment to Carlos’ comment — the DO know what they are doing. I live on an Indian reservation and used to be in animal rescue. The things we saw on a regular basis bodes very badly for the generation coming up. I got a call from the police to come take a kitten they rescued from a group of kids (pre-teen or younger) who had formed a circle and were using the kitten for their kickball game. I stayed with the kitten and laid beside her until she passed away. It was too late for her. And that’s just one of many, many stories of deliberate abuse. Carlos, wherever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      July 8, 2011 1:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Miss Jan

      Yes GG the situation on The Rez is very, very bad for animals. Take a look at what happened with a previously featured “rescue of the month” on LWD that was titled “The Dogs of Kayenta” about the res in Arizona that Susan tried so very hard to save those dogs. There was even money donated for a new shelter, money disappeared with shelter half built, dogs who even made it to the shelter were left unfed (unopened bags of dog food stacked against walls but dogs left hungry) unwatered and unsheltered, and the local inhabitants of Kayenta were using the strays for live ammo target practice. Look at the terrible, terrible neglect of horses on many of the reservations in the Dakotas and ask yourself WHY with the First Nation’s professed deep love and self-proclaimed commitment to stewardship of the earth and its inhabitants is there in REALITY so MUCH terrible cruelty and neglect of animals on these reservations? There is an anger level among humans in all cultures today that in my opinion speaks to a complete disregard and disrespect for all life. I am at the latter part of my own life now and I am so deeply thankful that I will be long gone before this runaway train toward annihilation of lives animal and human (not without torture first though) by unpunished thugs finishes off all species. Deeply thankful!!! I don’t want to be around to see what the predictable final conclusion to today’s violence will be.

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        July 8, 2011 5:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
        GG

        Yes, Miss Jan, I know what you mean. The story of the kitten was about a group of young natives. Most of the horrible cruelty we saw was from the natives, and that’s just how it is…I am married to a native, so it certainly isn’t racism or any poop like that. Many of the children are heartless. Like I said, I could cite so many other stories, but they stir up the awful pit in my stomach that I had most of that year and a half when we tried to save them all. As for being glad to exit this existance, I, too, am older and waiting for the Lord to return. I realize I have a hard time loving people any more, even though I know that’s not the right attitude. Where I should feel pity for them, I feel anger. So, yes, I’m ready to meet my Lord.

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    July 9, 2011 11:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Michael

    Helo I work at a vet clinic that this dog was transfrerd to. They were not kidding when they said it was a good dog she was a sweatheart I was a bit hesitent to touch her in fear of being bit because I heard what happend to her I thought whe would have lost all her faith in humanity, she crawled up to me and kept licking me. It breaks my heart to hear with happend to this dog. If I find who did this I will not say I will kill them but I want them to feel pain.

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      July 10, 2011 12:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
      GG

      We found that the severly mistreated animals were the sweetest! We had dogs that towered over my 5’3″ frame when it stood with its paws on my shoulders. There was no fear of that giant or the one that we took that was supposed to be ‘vicious.’ It had been tied to a tree and harassed by a group of teens. One finally got close enough that it did bite him. We saved him from the pound and from being put to sleep to see him go to a rescuer that trained him to be a service dog for the disabled. Animals seem to know us (animal lovers) and they respond to us with gratitude.

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    July 10, 2011 10:26 amPosted 3 years ago
    Barb

    God Bless you Mr. Torres. You are truly a HERO and I pray for all GOOD things to come your way. As for the teenagers involved, we should put bricks on their legs and stuff them in a plastic bag and thrown in the water…only to be rescued and let them feel the same pain that defenseless little girl went through. I pray for a quick and painless recovery for that adorable little girl.

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    July 10, 2011 11:01 amPosted 3 years ago
    Brenda

    Mr Torres is a hero!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this precious girl recovers and spends the rest of her life in a loving home!!!!!

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    July 10, 2011 12:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sandy Hart

    This is amazing for a guy driving by to help this animal. Mr Torres is a hero. I wish everyone would be active in stopping the abuse, but I love to see stories of the ones that will get involved.

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    July 10, 2011 1:09 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Debbie E.

    God Bless you Carlos, you were at the right place at the right time. This poor, poor dog….bless it’s heart. But……..the boys should be found and plastic bag over the head, bricks tied to their legs and thrown in the canal…..just like waterboarding…..leave them there long enough to know what drowning is like……..Doing this to animals only makes them killers, they have no regard for life of a dog, they will have no regard for life of a human…….mark my words!!! This country should have an eye for an eye law, no matter what it concerns.

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    July 10, 2011 1:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    Teenagers DO realize when they are killing an animal. these sick little bastards need to be arrested and tried as ADULTS. ENOUGH of turning the other cheek! Next it will be a kid they decide to kill for the fun of it.
    Bless this kind man….I hope the dog pulls through.

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  • July 10, 2011 2:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
    MP

    May you be blessed in endless ways and enjoy the prosperity you so richly deserve. Thank you so much for being kind and helping this abused dog. Your time of need will always be met with kindness.

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    July 10, 2011 2:36 pmPosted 3 years ago
    B Jones

    I truly believe parents are not teaching their children compassion for any form of life. Hope these evil boys have been caught and will get something other than a smack on the hand. Hope the poor dog recovers and finds a good home. Thank you to the person who saved it.

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    July 10, 2011 3:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Linda

    Carlos, a true man.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:36 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jordan

    Poor dog… Thank goodness for people like Carlos. I hope those fucking kids experiance some serious karma.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ziggy

    HEROES! who says they don’t exist today?

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    July 10, 2011 3:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Fran

    Much love to Carlos.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jackie

    Please tell me these kids are being prosecuted!!!!

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    July 10, 2011 3:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Angelique

    Awesome guy!
    Glad it wasn’t me witnessing that, after saving the dog I would have beat those kids w the same bricks they tied to the innocent dog!!!

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  • July 10, 2011 3:43 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mary Ann

    It’s a damn shame that we have such idiots in this world. These kids are really at fault but then lets wonder what there home life is like…what were they taught about respect for animals. I hope that they all get the severest punishment possible, too many people get away with animal abuse because the laws are not harsh enough.

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    July 10, 2011 3:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Erin

    OMG Thank God I was not there…the Dog would be saved but I would be goning to jail for whooping arse!!!!!.

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    July 10, 2011 3:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Diana

    There is a reason I never had kids. They are not nice beings.

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    July 10, 2011 3:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Judy

    This just breaks my heart! Thank god for Carlos! Those boys need to be punished for animal abuse!

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  • July 10, 2011 3:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Patty

    Any word if they found the punks that did this?

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    July 10, 2011 3:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Debbie

    I will adopt this sweet girl.Thank you for saving her life.WTF is wrong with people? I have two kids and they were brought up to respect animals and they would never hurt an animal.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Machelle

    i’m suprised by the comment that the kids didn’t know what they were doing. they knew exactly what they were doing. i vote we save the dog and drown the kids.

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    July 10, 2011 3:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Johana

    Kids nowadays seem to have no soul. Where r the parents? What did they teach them? I blame not only the kids but also the parents. We need harsher laws for animal abuse.

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    July 10, 2011 3:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Diana

    I don’t see. “like” button to click on but I like Angelique Martinez’s comment. Too bad we have to coddle these brats. Too bad it”s not legal to disapline kids any longer. Our society is in a heap of trouble because of this. I did my part and had none.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    A Torres hero in South Florida…or should we say another great Torres hero in South Florida…Carlos may you find endless blessings.

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    July 10, 2011 3:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nancy

    Wait until we get these sub-humans taking care of us in our old age.

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    July 10, 2011 3:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Christyne

    What is it with people thinking animals don’t have feelings?? Maybe some one should do the same to them? An eye for an eye!! Thanks to Carlos for being there and saving that poor little dog who did nothing to deserve that kind of treatment!

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    July 10, 2011 3:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Amy

    Has there been any updates as to how the dog is doing? If it weren’t so far away I would gladly take her in and give her a loving forever home along with my other rescued Shih-Tzu.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Christy

    Great job Carlos. Does anyone know if the kids were caught? Justice needs to be served. At the very minimal, community service and payment of all medical bills! Maybe even a little kennel cleaning at the local shelters.

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    July 10, 2011 3:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Roxanne

    An angel walks the face of the earth! Thank you Carlos!

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    July 10, 2011 3:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tara

    There is seriously something wrong with the way kids are being raised if they can’t grasp how wrong this is.

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  • July 10, 2011 3:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    No word on the kids – it looks like they ran away wile Carlos was saving the dog…

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  • July 10, 2011 3:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Danielle

    This brought teras to my eyes… How can peiple do these kinds of horrible acts to such great animals.. I really am starting to hate people.

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  • July 10, 2011 4:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Michele

    I too find it unthinkable that some teens would even try to kill a little Shih Tzu ;-(

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  • July 10, 2011 4:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Michele

    I hope the kids go to jail :-)

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  • July 10, 2011 4:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Lynn

    DISGUSTING…….

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    July 10, 2011 4:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    George

    too angry to comment, ThankYou Carlos!

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  • July 10, 2011 4:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Teresa

    Are there any updates on the condition of the little dog? Where can we send donations?

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      July 13, 2011 3:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
      rose wiggin

      ohhhh teresa, what is the world coming too, im crying in anger! <3 x

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      July 13, 2011 3:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
      rose wiggin

      its rose shih tzu wiggin your friend on facebook! <3 x

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    July 10, 2011 4:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Yvonne

    Bless him for taking the risk. We need more people doing this and bless those that are helping financially. Hopefully enough will be raised to help her through the surgery and after. I also hope that he adopts the little girl, it seems he would be a great parent.

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    July 10, 2011 4:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Al Haug

    Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that these kids will get identified unless one of them has enough of a conscience to turn themselves in.
    Carlos was focused on rescuing the dog, and from what I can glean from the story, no one else was around. So we really don’t know anything about these boys or their backgrounds.
    Personally, I find the posts from self-appointed guardians of public morality – suggesting that their parents didn’t beat these children enough (or vice versa), or didn’t practice religion the way the posters do (or vice versa) – to be disgusting, immature, and self serving. The truth is we don’t know anything about these kids beyond their reprehensible cruelty to a defenseless animal.

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      July 10, 2011 5:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
      GG

      Well, you have a right to your opinion, Al. After you have done animal rescue on an Indian Reservation and seen with your own eyes how brutal children are these days because the parents are exactly the same, then we can talk about what’s disgusting. Your lack of ‘religion’ doesn’t make you the self-appointed guardian either. I’ll lift up the Lord at all times, and if you are offended, maybe you should speak to Him about it.

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      July 11, 2011 11:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dutch

      Al, empathy is not something that people are born with but they learn it through their formative years, hopefully from their folks. Supposedly, the full force of empathy is not active until a person is in their early 20′s and have had enough experience to understand how behavior can cause pain to animals and humans. I worked at a large entertainment facility w/ animals and you would be amazed at how adults stand by and let their offspring torment the animals with all sorts of excuses.

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    July 10, 2011 4:47 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    Did the little brats get into trouble? Probably not, which is not right! Maybe animal abuse would become less often if people actually got in trouble for it.

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  • July 10, 2011 5:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Crystal

    Thank you, Carlos! I hope someone finds these kids and gets them into longterm therapy before they end up killing someone.

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    July 10, 2011 5:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nina

    You are a true hero to this poor pup! You were at the right place at the right time! I hope those thugs were reported!

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    July 10, 2011 7:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Margaret Kaufman

    Thank you Carlos for caring so much!!! I hope the baby girl feels better soon!!! xxoo

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    July 10, 2011 8:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Christine

    If we could get away with it now a days, I would string these brats up by their feet and beat with grandpas favorite switch then do a couple years of community service in the family neighborhood. This is “ONE” of our problems with our kids today…we arnt allowed to discipline them without having CPS called on you……this infuriates me to the end!!!!!!

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    July 10, 2011 9:00 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Debbie Edwards

    Patrick sent me. Cruelty to animals one day, violence and other atrocities to humans the next. These kids need help. Thank you Carlos, for showing there are people who have compassion towards living creatures. Thank you also to those that are caring and donating towards this precious girls recovery. Good luck beautiful girl, you are in good hands now.

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    July 10, 2011 10:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Elizabeth

    WTF… ya this is typical behavior of kids.

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    July 11, 2011 12:05 amPosted 3 years ago
    Allison

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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    July 11, 2011 3:49 amPosted 3 years ago
    Elsie

    Pity there was no one there to tie bricks to the kids and hold them under. This type of hooligan usually moves from poor defenceless animals to defenceless humans to get more kicks.

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  • July 11, 2011 6:51 amPosted 3 years ago
    Zimmy Nicholls

    Carlos, thankyou!.You are my hero!..Ilove you for caring, and you have brought tears to my eyery..I want you to keep the dog Carlos, as she is just connected to you now and needs you..I love you Mate and so happy to call you a hero!!!!1

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    July 11, 2011 8:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    colette

    How did the little girl do with her surgery? Anxiously awaiting news and an update.

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    July 13, 2011 3:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    rose wiggin

    thank god for Carlos Torres, im just stuck for words too angry! these kids are pure evil, shih tzu are my breed of dog, they are the most child like, human like breed, they are amazing and to think this could happen to the amazing shih tzu, well i would love to be a judge in animal cruelty charges i would sham the book at them no matter how old they were, animal cruelty must stop -FULL STOP!!

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    July 13, 2011 3:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Viv

    That was awesome what this man did!!! God bless him….and as for the kids?? well, after I had saved the dog, I would have beat the crap out of them!

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