7-Pound Yorkie Killed Protecting Calif. Owner

The 32-year-old San Jose man held back tears Sunday after his beloved 7-pound Yorkshire Terrier named Shadow was killed while trying to protect him from a beating by three street thugs.

Miguel's mother and brother gathered at his apartment Sunday to try to comfort him. Miguel was in such shock over the death of his dog, he brought Shadow's body home from the vet Saturday and kept it next to him on the couch overnight. Miguel planned to have the dog cremated later Sunday.

"I've never seen someone love a pet so much," said Miguel's mother, Laura Rojas. And Shadow, she said, "was so protective. He had the heart of a lion."

Contact Julia Prodis Sulek at 408-278-3409.



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