Three children stated to be 12-years-old and younger have been credited as young heroes after springing into action and grabbing a video camera to document their neighbor's cruel beating of a young Cocker Spaniel in Chino Hills, Calif. reported ktla.com. The youngsters heard the heartbreaking cries of the dog's pain and fear as he desperately tried to escape during the ten minute beating; the children knew they had to do something.
While the children videotaped the neighbor beating the dog with a stick, their mother called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and Animal Control and the Humane Society.
One of the children could be heard whispering, "I'm sorry doggy," as he continued to video the upsetting site.
When authorities arrived a short time later, they found the dog named Mookie had been neglected and had been living in a small feces and flea infested pen. The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA took the dog with them; the dog was treated by a veterinarian. According to Beth Les, the supervisor of Animal Services for the Inland Valley Humane Society press release:
“We are never surprised by the ingenuity of today’s youth. Their quick thinking not only saved this dog from a life time of abuse but they were able to ensure we had the evidence to pursue criminal charges against the abuser.”
Qihui Zhai, 21, the owner of Mookie, has been charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and will be arraigned on June 30 at the Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court in San Bernardino County.
The happy news is that Mookie has been adopted by a wonderful family, and will no longer have to be scared for his safety.
Live a long, wonderful life Mookie. Thank you kids for showing the world how great you both are - along with your mom of course!
The family did not want to be identified, and hope Mookie's original owner will get the psychological help he needs so another dog will not have to experience what happened to Mookie.
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