12 Year Old Hero Saves Dog from Attack by Abusers

Update (6/1/12): This afternoon the Wellington SPCA presented a Bravery Award to Damon Boyer-Marwood, during his school assembly at Brandon Intermediate in Cannons Creek. Damon has made headlines around the world after he bravely rescued a terrier dog named Rose from being beaten by a group of youths last week. Damon also received a Mayoral Commendation from Mayor Nick Leggett.

Original article continued…

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.”

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.”


  1. Mitchell says on  05/25/2012 at 4:57 pm

    he deserves it and it should go national….

  2. Nice

  3. brave young man well done

  4. Dawn says on  05/25/2012 at 4:58 pm

    How cool is that kid and his momma must be so proud :))

  5. Michelle says on  05/25/2012 at 4:58 pm

    Well done that boy. :) Hope lots of kids see this!!

  6. My hero!

  7. thank you

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  9. Maria says on  05/25/2012 at 4:59 pm

    If only more people where like this boy!

  10. What an awesome kid.

  11. Way to go, bet his mom is proud! Thanks again good to know there are responsible youngster out there

  12. Roxanne says on  05/25/2012 at 4:59 pm

    I know this is a good story, but it makes me sick to think children would beat a dog. Who raised them?? Awful.

  13. Emily says on  05/25/2012 at 4:59 pm

    What a brave young man! I agree with the SPCA, if makes you wonder what is going on that these kids think beating a dog is acceptable behavior.

  14. Thank God for him.

  15. Thank you Damon, you are a good man for such a tender age.

  16. Marianne says on  05/25/2012 at 5:00 pm

    atta boy!! His parents did a great job raising this young man :) Should be very proud!!

  17. John says on  05/25/2012 at 5:00 pm

    Good boy!

  18. Bless him….thank you for standing up for a defenceless animal.

  19. its so nice to hear good for a change. lately all youve heard is how kids are hurting dogs and other animals. you are a hero

  20. Irene says on  05/25/2012 at 5:00 pm

    Well done sweetheart some adults wouldn’t have done what you did

  21. Lynda says on  05/25/2012 at 5:01 pm

    What a brave lad!!!

  22. Snowqueen says on  05/25/2012 at 5:01 pm

    gud on him tht lovely lad savin tht poor little angel he is a hero too god bless both of them too xxxxx

  23. I would like to thank him. For having the compassion and the bravery to help this innocent dog! You’re awesome dude! 😀

  24. He did an awesome job…some adults could learn a few things from him!

  25. Scott says on  05/25/2012 at 5:02 pm


  26. Lisa says on  05/25/2012 at 5:02 pm

    God bless him!!!

  27. Sara says on  05/25/2012 at 5:02 pm

    :) <3

  28. Donna says on  05/25/2012 at 5:02 pm

    Something needs to be done about the bullies. If they are doing this at a young age, then guess what happens when they grow up. They won’t be content to pick on animals. Make the punishment fit the crime. Good job to the 12 year old that stood up to these bullies…..

  29. Kirsti says on  05/25/2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’m so happy to hear he had the courage to stand up to them!!! And that both the hero an the dog are ok!! Seriously though wtf is wrong with kids these days to be beating a poor innocent dog????!!!! Breaks my heart :(

  30. Well done son……….

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  32. Sommer says on  05/25/2012 at 5:03 pm

    It is so sad that out of several children who thought it justifiable to beat this dog, only one child deemed it necessary to save it.

  33. Vicki says on  05/25/2012 at 5:03 pm

    Those sick children are psychopaths in the making. They ought to be severely punished and put in counseling before they start doing the same abuse to people. Which they will. It’s the historical nature of a psychopath. That boy was an angel of mercy.

  34. How can people be so heartless and cruel. I just don’t get it and it gives me chills. I love this boy for his unwavering good heart and bravery.

  35. finally some good news

  36. There needs to be something that can be done to stop these bullies. Surely this incident is not isolated.

  37. Dulcy says on  05/25/2012 at 5:04 pm

    What an awesome kid!!!

  38. What an outstanding young man!!! His mother and he should get some kind if national coverage!!!

  39. Joann says on  05/25/2012 at 5:05 pm

    The kids beating the dog need to be punished. Accountability isisding in raising the youth of this generation. Beating a dog and thinking its acceptable leads to more violence. The boy who stopped it is honorable and brave. He’s a credit to his parents and family. Great job son.

    • Linda says on  05/26/2012 at 9:53 pm

      Joann I agree wholeheartedly!!! It is unfortunate that these children have apparently not received the guidance at home that would otherwise make them as honorable and brave as the young man who stepped in and stopped them!

  40. Good for him. Shows that he was raised right.

  41. how brave and totally an incredible act of bravery you should be very proud of yourself

  42. What a brave young man! So nice to know there are decent kids out there. The bullies who were beating the dog should be put down as they will move on to humans eventually!

  43. Sally says on  05/25/2012 at 5:06 pm

    Those bullies need to do community work at a rescue….supervised for a very long time.

  44. Diane says on  05/25/2012 at 5:06 pm

    Bless his heart for defending the ones who depend on us humans. He is a
    12 year old angel

  45. A hero! If only more children were like this one and not like the other psychos in the making who like torturing poor animals.. This type of news should be given more attention to…so it reminds people that there are still humans who will defend innocent animals with their lives!

  46. he even looks like Casey Heynes! Are we living with a generation of young heroes that stand up against bullies? The should be recognised to the max! That certainly took a lot of courage, well done young man!

  47. Jean says on  05/25/2012 at 5:07 pm

    YAY for this young man- and i’m sure the parents of the bullies are so proud knowing their kids can hold down and beat a defenseless animal- they should be wondering what other wonderful things these little darlings are capable of. They will be bullying other kids if they are not already- serial killers in training!

  48. Ihatetoast says on  05/25/2012 at 5:07 pm

    Good on ya!

    Meanies can be brought down by something stronger than a bat: conviction.

  49. Karen says on  05/25/2012 at 5:07 pm

    Next thing you know, he will be an Engineer at NASA designing or inventing projects that will help mankind!

  50. Sherri says on  05/25/2012 at 5:08 pm

    What a wonderfully brave young man!

  51. A good man……and he’s only 12 years old….

  52. Lisa says on  05/25/2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’m sure this happens to alot of strays. Why is it so hard to keep your dog on a leash or inside when you can’t watch them?

  53. heart-warming on the 12 year olds side.. dispicable on the bullies side..

  54. Susanne says on  05/25/2012 at 5:10 pm

    Damon is an outstanding young citizen! Those kids need to be put away… sooner or later they’ll be in jail anyway. I hope the dog is OK.

  55. Bravo

  56. This young man demonstrated a rare commodity in today’s youth . . . . . character. I wouldn’t have been surprised if the “bullies” hadn’t tried to shave-off the poor dogs hair while they held him down !

  57. Connie says on  05/25/2012 at 5:11 pm

    i thank this boy from the bottom of my heart <3

  58. Bless him, and bless his parents for raising him to do the right thing.

  59. Heather says on  05/25/2012 at 5:12 pm

    Awesome that this boy saved this dog just amazing. The bullies they will not get punished that is crazy. I don’t care what age you are if you can think for yourself you know it isn’t right to beat something. They will walk free and then do something again to more animals or a person next they need to be punished for their crime. I hope the dog was not badly injured did not say much on how the dog was. The parents better do something w these kids I so hope they don’t have pets of their own!!!

  60. This kid is my hero.

  61. a very brave boy…:*:*:*……go to hell all animal abusers!!!!!!!#

  62. There’s too much of this kind of thing happening, kids being cruel to animals n thinking its ok. These kind of kids don’t need educating, it doesn’t work. They are sick n need punishing!! Thank god for that lovely boy, just wish there were more like him

  63. GOOD BOY….Kids seem to be way out of control these days….not this one!!

  64. I agree that this kid should be recognized nationally. So, lets send an email to Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News and get them to do a story and hopefully this kid’s story will inspire others to step in and save an animal who is being abused.

  65. Natalie says on  05/25/2012 at 5:16 pm

    Wonderful boy, who will no doubt grow up to be a wonderful young man!


  67. Mel says on  05/25/2012 at 5:17 pm

    A true hero. Bless that boy !

  68. Patrice says on  05/25/2012 at 5:18 pm

    God Bless !

  69. Renee' says on  05/25/2012 at 5:18 pm


  70. What a brave guy! Thank you for standing up to those horrible bullies

  71. Ann says on  05/25/2012 at 5:19 pm

    My Hero’s!!!

  72. wooooohuuuuuu :))) !!!!!!!!!

  73. Kathy says on  05/25/2012 at 5:21 pm

    This little dog looks just like our Katie! And the 12-year-old boy deserves to be lauded for what he did.

  74. Wow! That makes my heart smile. :)

  75. Their is no discipline in schools anymore they get away with anything in school kids now days an the parents ain’t doing a good job at bringing them idiots up that beat the poor dog up but at least their is one nice school kid out their who help that little dog so well done 😉

  76. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 5:22 pm

    It’s funny how people make a big deal about how animals are being mistreated , but hundreds of children are being abused everyday it seems like peoples priorities are in the wrong place. I love animals just as much as the next guy but should’nt we place our focus where its really needed? Just saying.

    • Sean says on  05/25/2012 at 5:29 pm

      Um this is lifewithdogs.tv. There are plenty of articles about children being rescued from abusive homes on other websites.

    • My focus is right where it’s needed, to stop child abusers before they start.

    • Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 5:49 pm

      So are you saying that these kids are o.k. to do that? What do you think that if allowed to get away with this that those kids will continue abusing animals and as they grow maybe bullying and then as an adult possibly child abuse or spouse abuse.

      • Anonymous says on  05/28/2012 at 2:25 am

        Child have a voice and need to speak out if harm is done to them
        people will notice a childs demoner and bruises
        Much faster a dog or animal cant speak has fur that covers most bruising and people are not so in tune with an ANIMAil that can have a soul and compassion.

    • Maureen says on  05/25/2012 at 5:52 pm

      Do you not realize that child abusers, serial killers, etc. start as animal abusers? Furthermore, just because we are in an uproar over animals being abused, does NOT mean that we do not feel the same about child abusers.

    • Crissy says on  05/25/2012 at 6:00 pm

      your an ass! It usually starts with animals. If they abuse an animal as a child, there is a good chance they will abuse a child/spouse as an adult. So YES IT IS A BIG DEAL. If you don’t care about animal, then stay the F off this page.

    • Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:12 pm

      Are we not on a dog website??? Hello, is anybody there??? This is not a story about child abuse. Geez, grow a brain!!!!

      • Lisa M D says on  05/27/2012 at 12:12 pm

        Statistics prove that children who were/are abused are most likely to harm animals….as adults , we know what happens then. My father was Chief Deputy County Counsel of Childrens Protective Services, it is sad, but very true. Your comment “not a story of child abuse”, it absolutely is related…RED FLAG for sure.

    • Jessica says on  05/25/2012 at 6:27 pm

      Well its true but just think if there’s people that hurts animals what do we expect of hurting. Kids, we have to educate everyone of everything.

    • Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:28 pm

      Nope — priority’s are correct — save the animals because they do not have a voice!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:30 pm

      Anonymous the animals do not have a voice….priority’s are perfect — save the animals!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:39 pm

      If everyone said “let’s focus on a more important issue,” nothing would EVER get dealt with.

    • Bev says on  05/26/2012 at 11:48 am

      This website is called ” Life with Dogs ” I think you’re on the wrong page. This is a story about a really great kid saving a dog from some really bad kids. Child abuse would be talked about on a child abuse website and pretty much everywhere you look. This is a feel good story about a dog saved from abuse on a dog website. Duh!!

    • Anonymous says on  05/27/2012 at 3:46 pm

      Firstly this isn’t FUNNY in any way and to say that is moronic. You do not trade one issue for another because they are “all issues”. We as adults need to care for and change many things about our community and this is just one of many. So you “Just Saying” is not saying very much… it just makes everyone reading your comment think your are in support of letting kids (abused or not) abuse animals which would be as asinine as abusing an animal or child in the first place.

    • Anonymous says on  05/27/2012 at 8:04 pm

      This is a dog site, and so naturally I would expect to read articles about dogs. To read about a brave young man saving a dog from abuse is heart lifting. I am very happy the dog was saved from major injury or death, and at the end, the abusers were scared off by Damon who showed courage and conviction. This is a feel good story, sadly the downside is that the children who attacked the dog is a very sad event. There are many areas that need to be dealt with. Laws to make either the children or adults be held accountable for their actions, child services to investigate for child abuse from their adults, and perhaps some support from child psychologists for the children for their potential to continue this and escalating into something far more serious. But let me emphasise, this is a ‘FEEL GOOD’ story of a young boy saving a dog from a very bad situation from some disturbed children on a Dog Site. Maybe, on another site I can read about a young boy saving another child from a group of bullies, but that is for another site, or for the Daily News. Again I say, well done Damon.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2012 at 5:51 pm

      meant a thumbs down. like others have said these are the signs that these kids could quite possibly become the adults that abuse kids!

  77. i only wish there were more children/kids like this guy! thank you for standing up for this dog. i wish that the other kids that were abusing the dog would be punished but of course, they won’t. karma will come their way i pray.

  78. Michael says on  05/25/2012 at 5:24 pm

    BRAVO to this couragous young man who stood up to these bullies. Since the perps in this can’t be brought up on charges for this, maybe the local paper, TV or school flyers should be circulated to embarass these misguided young boys. Sad is the fact that people would treat a defenseless animal this way to begin with.

  79. DaLonna says on  05/25/2012 at 5:24 pm

    that boy has a heart of gold!

  80. I would be honored to shake this young man’s hand. Amazing!

  81. Amy says on  05/25/2012 at 5:26 pm

    What a great kid! He is going to do wonderful things…..

  82. Sue says on  05/25/2012 at 5:26 pm

    So nice to hear about the GOOD things children do rather than always focusing on the bad!

  83. God Bless Damon! And what do you mean because of their ages not a lot could be done prosocution wise! That’s total BULLSHIT!!! They need to be accountable for their actions now, at this age, so this behavior doesn’t escalate!!! I hope they rot in hell!!

  84. Amy says on  05/25/2012 at 5:29 pm

    I believe in my heart that bad things happen to bad people…it may not happen right away, but it will happen and it’s called karma! These useless wastes of space that hurt this dog should be removed from this planet. Thin the herd. They will just turn out to be adult bullies when they get older. BRAVO to you young man for being brave! You are a true hero in my book!

  85. Damon – thank you! You did the right thing and should be so proud of yourself.

  86. Vicki says on  05/25/2012 at 5:30 pm

    The bad boys should go to Juvie and their parents reprimanded and held accountable if they cannot be. Zero tolerance for inhumane behavior. Anyway, what goes around comes around.

  87. I hope the little dog was vet checked ASAP!! Find out who the school kids were, then fine their parents AND the school for their not knowing what was going on om their school yard!!

  88. Paula says on  05/25/2012 at 5:32 pm


  89. Hat’s off for a kid with a big heart!

  90. marcia says on  05/25/2012 at 5:34 pm

    Abusers, murderers, fiends START with animals!
    It is well documented!
    How brave of this youngster to take on not just one bully but several!
    Doubt that you love animals as much as the next guy..certainly not as much as one brave boy!

  91. Damon, I’m glad you saved the dog but I’m more proud of you for having the courage to stand up for what you know is right. High five, kiddo!

  92. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 5:36 pm

    Wow thank you! U not only showed u don’t really care about animals but also lack of intelligence, lol this is a dog website, you have to pick ur battles everyone has their passion, and guess what almost every child abuser, killer or rapists has in their background?? Umm animal abuse, hmm maybe the core problem is just as important?? What a stupid comment, smdh

  93. Anonymous: Child abusers don’t usually do it in public because they know they’ll be arrested or worse. I won’t tolerate abuse of any kind, child, animal, spouse or family. The problem usually starts with animals and moves to larger mammals, like children and women. If we can stop it and reverse the mind set early, when they start with the animals, we just might be able to change the abuser. I won’t ‘beg your pardon’ I will tell you flat out MY PRIORITIES ARE IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT PLACE.

  94. This kid is our future…I hope there will be an example for all kids!!!!

  95. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 5:40 pm

    And if I would have ever seen this these kids would not have seen me coming they would have got bats to the back of the head no questions asked….innocent human vs an innocent animal, have to go with the human of course, POS human vs innocent animal, I’ll take down the POS human with pleasure

  96. Jill says on  05/25/2012 at 5:40 pm

    Wow. Awesome kid! Too bad you had to but I’m happy you did. The other ones should be beaten. Zero tolerance for little assholes.

  97. Jesse says on  05/25/2012 at 5:41 pm

    Zero tolerance. Forget juvie. I say castrate them and keep these psychotic little punks from reproducing.

  98. Stu says on  05/25/2012 at 5:44 pm


  99. Diana says on  05/25/2012 at 5:49 pm

    okay..read it…angered me… I am proud of this young boy stepped in… how is the pup? I think all awards should go to Damin but lets plz not forget the pup was hurt.

  100. Wonder what those kids will graduate too after they are done torturing a poor dog!

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