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.

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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.”







255 comments

  • May 25, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheryl

    amazing kid!

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    May 25, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Juliana

    hope to see this on the tv news

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    May 25, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

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

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    May 25, 2012 5:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

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

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  • May 25, 2012 5:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kaleb

    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.

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  • May 25, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

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

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    May 25, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Be proud to shake his hand.

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    May 25, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gerry

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

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    May 25, 2012 5:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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    May 25, 2012 5:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joanna

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

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  • May 25, 2012 6:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    A WONDERFUL STORY

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    May 25, 2012 6:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sighthounds

    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!

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  • May 25, 2012 6:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Andrea

    GOD BLESS

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  • May 25, 2012 6:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    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.

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  • May 25, 2012 6:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    LaBelle

    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

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    May 25, 2012 6:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dr. Whom

    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.

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  • May 25, 2012 6:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Adam

    Good for you kid!

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    May 25, 2012 6:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    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!

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  • May 25, 2012 6:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John

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

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  • May 25, 2012 6:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    Fine young man – so glad he will be recognized

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  • May 25, 2012 6:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jackie

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

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    May 25, 2012 6:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I hope those kid’s parents whip their asses

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  • May 25, 2012 6:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    GOOD ON YOU ! WELL DONE AND THANK YOU !

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    May 25, 2012 6:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

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

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  • May 25, 2012 6:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marsha

    true hero,god bless you for saving this angel!

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    May 25, 2012 6:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

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

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    May 25, 2012 6:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

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

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    May 25, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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  • May 25, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Arepaki Handcrafted

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

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    May 25, 2012 6:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elaine

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

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  • May 25, 2012 6:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donald

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

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  • May 25, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

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

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    May 25, 2012 6:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Liliana

    His parents should be very proud!!!

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  • May 25, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynn

    A very brave child!

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    May 25, 2012 7:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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    May 25, 2012 7:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Don

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

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  • May 25, 2012 7:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

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

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  • May 25, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gillian

    Well done young Man U are a true hero!

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  • May 25, 2012 7:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

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

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  • May 25, 2012 7:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jessica

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

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    May 25, 2012 7:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kasey

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

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  • May 25, 2012 7:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elena

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

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    May 25, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheri

    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!

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      May 28, 2012 2:40 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

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

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    May 25, 2012 7:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

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

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  • May 25, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Beth

    People are assholes. Dogs are your only true friends.

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    May 25, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carol

    Good for you Damon!

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  • May 25, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Leslie

    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.

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    May 25, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

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

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  • May 25, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathy

    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.

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    May 25, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cristina

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

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    May 25, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynda

    You are a brave soul, God Bless you!

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  • May 25, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Someone raised that kid the right way!!!

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  • May 25, 2012 8:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathleen

    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!!!

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    May 25, 2012 8:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Megan

    Sick punks…

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    May 25, 2012 8:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

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

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    May 25, 2012 8:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    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!

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  • May 25, 2012 9:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    God Bless them all…

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  • May 25, 2012 9:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Glenn

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

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    May 25, 2012 9:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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  • May 25, 2012 9:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marci

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

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    May 26, 2012 8:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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    May 26, 2012 1:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheryl F

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

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    May 26, 2012 2:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    sharon

    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.

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    May 26, 2012 2:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pearl Caddell

    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!

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    May 27, 2012 3:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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

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    May 28, 2012 2:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

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

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    June 1, 2012 4:56 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    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

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    June 1, 2012 11:59 amPosted 2 years ago
    Drukitty

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    He is my hero!

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  • June 1, 2012 12:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Way to go, Damon! You ARE a hero!

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    June 1, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    nice story

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  • June 1, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Darren

    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.

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  • June 1, 2012 12:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynette

    Damon you are awesome!

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    June 1, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anita

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christine

    Amazing job Damon! You are an angel!

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  • June 1, 2012 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sylvia

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Richard

    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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gale Doug

    Awesome Damon… you will go far in life!!

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  • June 1, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jessica

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

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    June 1, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linnea

    Never loose your convictions, you are a hero!

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    June 1, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    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?

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  • June 1, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Daniel

    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.

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    June 1, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Daniel

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

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    June 1, 2012 12:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scott

    My kinda kid.

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  • June 1, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Claudia

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joanne

    That was very nice of you…good job

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    June 1, 2012 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Todd

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

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    June 1, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Penelope

    Well done & thank you Damon.

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  • June 1, 2012 12:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    Great job!!!! Thanks!

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    June 1, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    C Marti

    Well Done, my boy, Well Done!

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  • June 1, 2012 12:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tess

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amie

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Emmie

    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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathy

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

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  • June 1, 2012 12:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jo

    good job!!!

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  • June 1, 2012 12:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Reenie

    A HERO for sure.

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    June 1, 2012 12:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tore

    Great job

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    June 1, 2012 12:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    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.

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    June 1, 2012 12:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathi

    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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