We've told you more stories than we've liked to about animal cruelty and abuse as of late, and much to our dismay, here's one more that's especially difficult to stomach.
According to news outlets, police are looking for a group of men who stomped to death a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier that was trying to protect his owner during an attack in San Jose this weekend.
Here's what happened: The dog's owner, a 32-year-old man, said he was walking his pup, Shadow, at Winchester Boulevard and Colonial Way at about 2 p.m. on Saturday when three men approached him and asked if he was a gang member. The owner told the men he was not, but the men attacked him anyway.
The owner tried to run off with his dog in tow, but tripped and fell. That's when the men started kicking him, and Shadow started barking. When the men ran off, the owner looked over at his pup and saw "a big puddle of blood."
Shadow died on the way to the vet from head trauma, consistent with being kicked and stomped.