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Teen Killed In Colombia While Trying To Save Dog

Teen Killed In Colombia While Trying To Save Dog

A 19-year-old has died from machete injuries in north-central Colombia, after trying to stop a drunken man who appeared set to decapitate a dog with the same machete. The alleged killer has been arrested.

The attack occurred Saturday night when Miguel Ángel Palacio Montoya and his brother approached a man taunting a dog with his machete on a street in Envigado, south of Medellín, and told him to stop. The dispute provoked a brawl in which the boys threw stones at the man, who later returned to wound them both with his machete, El Espectador reported on May 5.

Montoya died Sunday from his injuries, while his brother remains in stable condition. Police said the dog had "minor injuries."

The incident reportedly prompted a protest in Medellín that same day, against cruelty to animals. Dogs are a highly sensitive issue in Colombian cities, where many residents keep them as guards to protect their homes from crime. This often leads to a certain amount of fear on the streets, as incidents of dogs killing children or passers-by occur sporadically. Nevertheless, owners tend to resist vehemently any move to restrict dog circulation.

Photo, dogs in Bogota (Matt Lemmon)

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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David Craig and Stuart Cunningham

Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

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