…the puppy story was false…
It wasn’t a problem with the journalism, but rather the teenaged girl (19) who supposedly saw the teenagers play football with the puppy was lying about what really happened to injure the dog. It turns out the gal who reported the injured puppy was actually the owner of the dog and that her developmentally disabled brother had actually stepped on the puppy and she got scared and lied to the police about what happened.
It’s quite a sad story regardless, but at least we know that the puppy wasn’t intentionally harmed.
Thanks to the Edgewater Resident who provided the link to the [full story] at abc9.