Good Samaritan Saves Dog from Intentional Drowning

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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
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.

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