Two quick-thinking Chino Hills children have been credited with saving the life of a three-year-old dog after they videotaped a man beating the animal for 10 minutes, an animal welfare organization announced this week.
The incident, which occurred in late May, began when a family heard a dog crying out in pain. The family went to their window and saw a female Cocker Spaniel being beaten by a man, a news release from the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA stated.
Two kids immediately grabbed their camera and began videotaping the beating while the mom called the Humane Society & SPCA to report the incident, according to the release.
The video showed the man hitting the dog with what appeared to be some sort of stick. The heartbreaking cries of the dog could also be heard as she desperately tried to get away from the man abusing her.
“I’m sorry doggie,” one of the kids could be heard whispering as he watched in horror at what was unfolding.
A short time after the call, Humane Officer William Taber arrived at the scene and found that the dog, named “Mookie,” had been neglected and was being kept inside a “very small, feces infested wire pen,” the release said.
The officer took Mookie to the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA, where a shelter veterinarian examined and treated her.
Mookie has since healed and has a new home, thanks in part to the actions of the two unidentified kids who videotaped the beating.
“We are never surprised by the ingenuity of today’s youth,” said Beth Les, Supervisor of Animal Services of the Inland Valley Humane Society, according to the release. “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, a 21-year-old resident of Chino Hills, was charged on June 6 with one felony of count of animal cruelty, according to the San Bernardino’s District Attorney Office.
Zhai was scheduled to be arraigned on June 30 in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, the DA’s office said.