Story of abused dog inspires students to help

Story of abused dog inspires students to help

BIRDSBORO, Pa. - The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be filing charges against the man who allegedly abused a puppy, officials said..

The dog, named Diamond, almost lost her leg. Since then, her story has captured the attention of an entire elementary school in Birdsboro.

"The people that do that, it's just crazy what they do," said Christian Morris, a 5th grader at Birdsboro Elementary who has turned a case of animal cruelty into a story of compassion. "I just came to school and asked if we could help."

69 News first reported on Diamond in February. At that time, the puppy's right front leg was bandaged and risked being amputated.

After a house training accident, a man took a pair of pliers and broke her leg and shoulder, said officials with the ARL.

"Who would think of doing that to a dog, like a puppy," said Breana McNamara, the school's student council president.

Morris took his fundraising idea to the student council, and in no time the students started emptying out their piggy bank.

The fundraiser was called, "Dollars for Diamond." In just two short weeks, the students helped raise $1,028.

"Our goal was $850, so we really got over that," said McNamara.

Diamond also got over her injury. She's now double the size, the bandage is off and you can forget about surgery. Her leg healed on its own.

"It's good, plus the $1,028 is gonna help," said Morris.

On Wednesday, Morris was able to hand over a check to the ARL, and the student body got the chance to meet Diamond.

"What a compassionate little boy he is, and how he was willing to undergo this challenge and initiate the drive for Diamond," said Mary Beth Kiesel, the school's principal.

It's a sad story with a happy ending.

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