Family of Killed Dog Given a New Puppy

September 4, 2011 Updated Sep 4, 2011 at 12:15 AM EDT

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September 4, 2011 Updated Sep 4, 2011 at 12:15 AM EDT


It is a change of fate Saturday night for a Tonawanda family whose dog was visciously attacked and killed by a couple of teenagers.

Eyewitness News first brought you the story last week, and after seeing the broadcast, a good samaritan stepped up to give the family a surprise.

Just days after their chihuahua named Gizmo was attacked and killed by two strangers, the Leonard family of Tonawanda was paid a visit by some new furry friends Saturday night. After hearing about the story on Eyewitness News, Barbara Rodriguez of Buffalo decided to give the family one of her dog's new puppies.

"It breaks my heart to see what they went through. And I feel that they deserve to have another one," Rodriguez said, "I felt terrible. It was just a horrible thing to hear. I never want that to happen to my animals ever."

Pam Leonard is Gizmo's owner. Her and her grandchildren got to pick out a new puppy tonight from three baby chihuahuas that Rodriguez brought over.

"It's just so nice. They're complete strangers and they're doing such a nice thing," Leonard said.

"I would want that done to me too. It's a horrible thing and and I believe they should have another animal, to carry on the memory," Rodriguez added.

It was a change from tears to smiles for a family who has gone through so much in the last week. As her grandchildren played with the puppies and laughed, Pam Leonard couldn't help form a smile.

It was also gift to help with closure, while the memory of Gizmo is still fresh in the minds of all in the Leonard family.

"It helps. I think it's really going to help if they find the kids who did this," Leonard said.

The two suspected teens who killed the dog have not been caught. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Town of Tonawanda Police at (716) 876-5300.