In Corpus Christi, Texas, a municipal court judge decided on Friday, there wasn’t enough evidence to prevent the return of two dogs that were seized earlier this year, after a concerned neighbor videoed two people throwing fireworks at a tethered dog, reports KzTvNews.
Animal Control seized the two dogs on January 18, from the family after an 18-year-old man and a 13-year-old teen girl were videoed in their yard throwing firecrackers next to the chained dog. The video was captured by a distressed neighbor who watched the heartbreaking situation and called authorities. The video shows the two teens lighting the first round of fireworks next to a black and white dog tethered nearby. As the teens run away to a safe distance, the fireworks explode and despite struggling and trying to break free of his chain, the terrified dog could only run as far as his chain would allow. The teens then returned to the spot near the frightened dog and set off fireworks again – watching the dog panic and try to escape. The girl appears to have been recording the cruel deed. On the third round, the man throws the fireworks directly at the dog.
Diana Casas and her son Angel Casas, 18, spoke at a hearing earlier this month, The mother explained to the court her son was autistic. Although both apologized to the court, the judge took the dogs away. The family appealed, and the dogs will be returned. Read the previous story here.
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