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. amazing kid!

  2. Juliana says on  05/25/2012 at 5:50 pm

    hope to see this on the tv news

  3. Linda says on  05/25/2012 at 5:50 pm

    SO happy to hear that some kids are good!!!

  4. Heather says on  05/25/2012 at 5:52 pm

    Makes a pleasant change reading a story like this. Fair play to the lad.

  5. That kid is extremely brave to be 12 years old and confront 4 people one of which had a cricket bat. He is a hero in my eyes. People are sick. I am glad there are good ones out there.

  6. He is to be commended, praised, adored! And the bullies? Punish them to the highest degree possible!!!

  7. Linda says on  05/25/2012 at 5:53 pm

    Be proud to shake his hand.

  8. Gerry says on  05/25/2012 at 5:53 pm

    Now why-tell me why they would want to beat up this little dog. Disgraceful.

  9. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 5:58 pm

    I cant believe they are mot going to prosecute. Actions have consequences and these children need to know that no matter what age. Just sayin some punishement is warranted.

  10. Joanna says on  05/25/2012 at 5:59 pm

    Good for him, the little lowlifes will just grow up to be spouse and child abusers…and big lowlifes


  12. Sighthounds says on  05/25/2012 at 6:05 pm

    virtual hugs to this wonderful boy & to his parents for raising a considerate child! <3 This says it all “You just have to to wonder what’s going on to make them think this is acceptable behaviour.” The bullies parents are responsible & all need to be held accountable!


  14. This is such a disturbing story. To think that these children are capable of such evil is very scary. I shudder to think of what they will do next. Action needs to be taken. Thank god, for that amazing young man.

  15. God, wtf is wrong with kids these days?! Do parents no longer teach their children right from wrong? Holy crap. Kudos to this boy for having some good sense and a brave and kind heart. <3

  16. Dr. Whom says on  05/25/2012 at 6:09 pm

    Let’s not argue among ourselves. Let’s agree that we all love animals, and that we all also applaud this youngster for having the courage to do the right thing.

  17. Good for you kid!

  18. Michelle says on  05/25/2012 at 6:11 pm

    What a great kid. I don’t get why they can’t go after the kids abusing this dog, but if that’s the case then go after their parents. Just ridiculous that nothing should happen!

  19. abusers start with animals and work their way up (or down). The more I learn about humans, the more I love dogs!

  20. Fine young man – so glad he will be recognized

  21. good for him , God love him and his new found friend.

  22. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:14 pm

    I hope those kid’s parents whip their asses


  24. Sharon says on  05/25/2012 at 6:21 pm

    This kid is a ROCKSTAR!!! Hats off to you :)

  25. true hero,god bless you for saving this angel!

  26. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:24 pm

    These kids that did this to this precious dog are SOCIOPATH’S in the making!!! They need to be punished!!!!

  27. Lisa says on  05/25/2012 at 6:25 pm

    WHY the hell would ANYBODY beat a DOG????? Good for you, 12-year-old hero!!!! :)

  28. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 6:34 pm

    I think that what the boy did to stop them was wonderful! You don’t see many kids or adults standing up for whats right much these days. However you do have to look at the reason to why the kids were hurting the dog in the first place. Seems to me like whoever is raising them isn’t the best parent / guardian and their behavior is most likely a learned behavior ( meaning they have seen it done before) or like what was said before maybe they are being abused and this is their way of expressing what they know: Violence.

  29. What an awesome and brave person you are!! Thank you!

  30. Elaine says on  05/25/2012 at 6:43 pm

    Damon Boyer-Marwood, you are a HERO, thank you for stepping up :)

  31. Kudos to this young man…hopefully the bullies will be sentenced to community service cleaning pens at the local animal shelter!!!

  32. Good job, Damon! The goodness you put out in the world will come back to you in multiples!

  33. Liliana says on  05/25/2012 at 6:58 pm

    His parents should be very proud!!!

  34. A very brave child!

  35. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 7:03 pm

    To be fair asked the pet owner why the dog is out, if this was intentional you could charge him with neglect or abuse, then charge separately those bully kids not their parents. However, those heroic act by Damian, will be recognized by everybody, keep up the good job kid, I salute you buddy.

  36. Don says on  05/25/2012 at 7:07 pm

    Great. Future murders. Just go ahead and put them in the chair now so you don’t have to do it later.

  37. So brave….God will bless you, Damon!!!

  38. Well done young Man U are a true hero!

  39. This is SOOOOOO awesome!!!!!!!!! I hope the lil brats get theirs!!

  40. Bless his heart, brave kid. And thank you for saving the dog from worse abuse.

  41. Kasey says on  05/25/2012 at 7:29 pm

    Many serial killers started out torturing and killing animals. Loads of positive Karma for the young man who stepped in and helped that animal!!!

  42. This young man has a good heart ….brave as well. Thank you .

  43. Sheri says on  05/25/2012 at 7:49 pm

    I hope the boys who were beating the dog are held accountable. Legally for their behavior! The boy who saved the dog showed such enormous courage! Good job!

    • Anonymous says on  05/28/2012 at 2:40 am

      Those boys need to be treated as CRIMINALS! It was premeditated and showed careless disregard.

  44. Judy says on  05/25/2012 at 7:53 pm

    Damon….a hero with a big heart!!! I hope those kids are charged with something…..what a bunch of bottom feeding losers!!

  45. People are assholes. Dogs are your only true friends.

  46. Carol says on  05/25/2012 at 8:00 pm

    Good for you Damon!

  47. Young Damon, you are my hero! Don’t you ever let bullies stop you from standing up for what’s right. :hugs: and so much pride for you, young man.

  48. Sarah says on  05/25/2012 at 8:08 pm

    Kids these days aren’t disciplined at home, like we use to be

  49. Who raises children who would do that to a helpless animal? What are they like? Better stop those kids now, or a small child will be the next victim of these hoodlums in the making.

  50. Cristina says on  05/25/2012 at 8:13 pm

    He is a hero! Proves there are still good kids out there.

  51. Lynda says on  05/25/2012 at 8:14 pm

    You are a brave soul, God Bless you!

  52. Someone raised that kid the right way!!!

  53. I am getting to the point where most humans disgust me. There are so few good people left. Thank you, Damon for saving this angel!!!

  54. Megan says on  05/25/2012 at 8:24 pm

    Sick punks…

  55. Jennifer says on  05/25/2012 at 8:25 pm

    What a brave boy! So nice to see such young heroes.

  56. Sue says on  05/25/2012 at 8:55 pm

    Bravo to the boy who stood up to bullies (in every sense of the word) and did the right thing to save this dog! His parents raised him right!

  57. God Bless them all…

  58. There is nothing bigger than the heart of an animal rescuer – so happy that he is being honored for his heroics.

  59. Anonymous says on  05/25/2012 at 9:09 pm

    This should really be “front page” news in all media – especially for the bravery of one young man but also for the cruelty and low morality of those who would gang up and beat a helpless animal. – This is worse than bullying — it comes from the low standards of people who set this example in their home-life (of those perpetrators) — They should all be made accountable and punished.

  60. Thank you damon, may god bless you for saving her from harm.

  61. Anonymous says on  05/26/2012 at 8:11 am

    I agree with those who have said go after the parents. Charge them with animal cruelty. Make it a large fine. But more to the point, tell these parents what they should know, which is that their child is a budding psycopath who needs help. Children who abuse animals grow up to become sadists who abuse humans. It is a well documented fact that this cruel behaviour escalates to humans. Next step for this type of sick child is small humans….you know the ones we call children… Thats who they will torture next. Put the brats into a psychiatric facility.

  62. Cheryl F says on  05/26/2012 at 1:45 pm

    You are a hero and a gentleman, Damon. You will always stand up for those w/o a voice. Bless you.

  63. sharon says on  05/26/2012 at 2:32 pm

    I hope this story DOES get picked up by a national news media.the only way to get the kind of punishment that torturing/hurting an animal deserves is to get the laws changed so that it is more than just a slap on the wrist. Kudos to the young man and I hope he retains his tender heart. Those kids who were hurting that dog need counseling and intervention.

  64. Pearl Caddell says on  05/26/2012 at 2:40 pm

    Justice should prevail Remeber the case of the 2 young English boys who were killing cats? Well this wasn’t enough so they decided to kill a person to see what it was like. As a result a 2 year old boy was brutually murdered by them. This cruelty has to be handled now before these bullies decide to go further and statistics show that it does advance from animals to humans. The next to be attacked could be your pet or your ch
    ild/grandchild. Do something now before its too late!

  65. Anonymous says on  05/27/2012 at 3:41 pm

    A Great Citizen. I hope he gets an award
    Why was the dog out side w/o the owner
    so that the hoodlums could get it?
    I hope the dog is ok and will heal soon

  66. Anonymous says on  05/28/2012 at 2:35 am

    Who were those kids? Their names need to be brought to the attention of the school. AND PUBLISHED.

  67. Jennifer says on  06/01/2012 at 4:56 am

    This afternoon Wellington SPCA presented a Bravery Award to Damon Boyer-Marwood, during his school assembly at Brandon Intermediate in Cannons Creek. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436863502998316&set=a.132750236742979.18856.127018160649520&type=3&theater

  68. Drukitty says on  06/01/2012 at 11:59 am

    We need more kids like this around… Kudos to the kiddo! You did good!

  69. He is my hero!

  70. Way to go, Damon! You ARE a hero!

  71. Heather says on  06/01/2012 at 12:02 pm

    nice story

  72. Damon, I salute you. I’m so glad there are people like you in this world. You are a true voice for the voiceless. I wish you every success and happiness for your future.

  73. Damon you are awesome!

  74. Anita says on  06/01/2012 at 12:04 pm

    What Darren Sales said :-) You are a hero, Damon! Keep it up <3

  75. Amazing job Damon! You are an angel!

  76. Now let’s punish the creeps who hurt the dog. Make them work at the SPCA twice a week, for a year.

  77. i wouldnt have been so nice.. i would have used the cricket bat on those disgusting people that were hurting that gorgeous little dog.. f&*cking idiots!! welldone kid

  78. Awesome Damon… you will go far in life!!

  79. I hope those bully kids see this and hang their heads low for being cowards.

  80. Linnea says on  06/01/2012 at 12:09 pm

    Never loose your convictions, you are a hero!

  81. Lisa says on  06/01/2012 at 12:09 pm

    So the abusers were “too young to prosecute?!” What the hell does that mean? These didn’t sound like 5 yr olds – they were damn sure old enough to know better! How about a little community service and some education?

  82. Very well done Damon! And to young to prosecute??? Make the parents answer for their children’s actions and maybe, just maybe they’ll make a little more concerted effort to make the kids act like human beings instead of jack asses.

  83. Laura says on  06/01/2012 at 12:11 pm

    Brave, wonderful boy! Sad, sickening behavior from the junior thug wannabes.

  84. Wonder how they’d like to have someone beat them with a bat?

  85. Scott says on  06/01/2012 at 12:14 pm

    My kinda kid.

  86. damon, u really earn it!!! thank u 4 ur brave action!

  87. That was very nice of you…good job

  88. Todd says on  06/01/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Well done Damon, the world is a better place because of people like you! Thank you!

  89. Penelope says on  06/01/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Well done & thank you Damon.

  90. Great job!!!! Thanks!

  91. C Marti says on  06/01/2012 at 12:27 pm

    Well Done, my boy, Well Done!

  92. That young man is a credit to his family- well done!

  93. Well done, young man, your family can be very proud of you.

  94. I would done the same and saved the doggie!cowards hurt animals!the parents should be punishing the children if they can’t be prosecuted, well done Damon for saving mans best friend :) x

  95. Everyone can take a lesson in “doing the right thing” from this brave young man-Well done, Damon!!

  96. good job!!!

  97. A HERO for sure.

  98. Tore says on  06/01/2012 at 12:35 pm

    Great job

  99. Lisa says on  06/01/2012 at 12:36 pm

    I can’t even bring myself to share this on my page. Who in their right minds would just beat an innocent dog? Makes me want to go get more ammo.

  100. Kathi says on  06/01/2012 at 12:36 pm

    Age shouldn’t matter. They’re old enough to know better!! These are the future Jeffrey Dahmers of our world. If they can do something like that to an innocent animal, it will be innocent people next.

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