Dog Tied To A Tree With Garden Hose, Now Has Chance To Live

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“Obviously it doesn’t take a genius to understand that the person who left this poor dog; did so because they couldn’t be bothered with it any more. Obviously never heard of animal groups that would have taken it in. They are merely cold hearted bastards; using up oxygen intended for decent people. Please contact police if you have any information!”

When Kaleigh Wetrich went for a walk with friends along the wooded area in north Oak Cliff County, Dallas, Texas, she never expected to find an abandoned dog, but she did.

The 6- to 8-month-old Boxer mix was emaciated and cruelly tied to a tree with a garden hose. He was deliberately left there to die.

Wetrich heard a faint bark coming from the woods. She followed the noise and found the innocent dog.

“I can’t just leave a living creature to die like that,” Wetrich told Fox News.

According to authorities, the dog that now goes by name Lucky was probably abandoned in the forest for at least a week prior to being found. Local rescue group, Apollo Rescue, saved Lucky as soon as Wetrich reported the incident.

Lucky was tied with a heavy garden hose and there was no food or water left for him. Rescuers say that he was close to organ failure but luckily he was found in time to save his life.

According to Steve Basham of Apollo Rescue, Lucky has a chance at survival. The rescue group is caring for the canine while local authorities try to build a case against the dog’s previous owner.

Finding whoever abandoned Lucky in the woods and charging the person(s) with animal cruelty will be a difficult task. The dog was left in a field with no address and there are no witnesses to this event.

Authorities encourage anyone with information to this crime to come forward.

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Texas Man Headed To Prison For Killing Kitten

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DALLAS (June 28, 2013)—Edwon Julian, 36, of Dallas, man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his girlfriend’s kitten “Kisses” as the couple argued.

Julian was convicted of felony animal cruelty, but jurors acquitted him of assaulting the woman during the same incident in 2012.

Prosecutors say Julian has a previous conviction from a 2004 incident in which a toddler he was caring for was scalded.

Testimony indicated Julian and Rosa Dismuke got into an argument last July at her apartment in Richardson.

Investigators say Julian grabbed the kitten, swung the animal by the tail and let go.

The cat was thrown off the second-story balcony, hit a drainpipe and landed on the pavement.

Kisses died at the scene.

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Sheriff: Rare white buffalo in Texas died of infection, wasn’t killed as owner suspected

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DALLAS — A rare white buffalo found dead in Texas died from a bacterial infection and wasn’t killed and mutilated, as its owner suspected, authorities said Tuesday.

n this June 29, 2011 file photo, Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo, left, walks in a corral after a Native American naming ceremony was held in Greenville, Texas. Hunt County Sheriff Randhy Meeks on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 said the calf died from a bacterial infection and wasn’t killed and mutilated, as its owner suspected. Lightning Medicine Cloud died in May on the Lakota Ranch

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a veterinarian made the determination and that photographs indicate the calf wasn’t skinned. He said the investigation is closed unless new evidence surfaces.

The calf, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, died in May on the Lakota Ranch near Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier reported finding the calf skinned and believed it had been killed as part of a hate crime. He didn’t return a message seeking comment Tuesday. Meeks said Little Soldier had not been notified about the results of the investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

As a non-albino white buffalo, the calf was revered by Native Americans. According to Lakota Sioux lore, the goddess of peace once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf. The buffalo’s death sparked international attention, Little Soldier has said, and one Oregon organization planned to donate a white buffalo bull from its herd.

Meeks said the sheriff’s office was not notified of Lightning Medicine Cloud’s death until six days after the animal died. It had been buried for three days because Little Soldier “wanted to talk to his elders before he contacted us,” Meeks said.

Meeks said the investigation revealed two more buffalo have died at the Lakota Ranch since May. He said investigators believe blackleg, a bacterial infection, was responsible for all of the deaths.

It lays dormant in the land,” Meeks said of the spores that cause the infection. “It’s very preventable by vaccination. We were not told by the Little Soldiers that these two had died.”

Terry Hensley, a Texas A&M extension office veterinarian, said a blackleg vaccine is available for cattle but has not been approved for buffalo. Some experts say the cattle vaccine has been effective in buffalo, Hensley said.

Animals eat the spores, or the spores enter the body through a wound. The spores, a small number of which are usually found in an animal’s digestive tract, can lay dormant inside the animal’s muscles, and break out months or years later. The bacteria become activated by quick growth or muscle exertion.

“Normally they’re healthy one day and the rancher finds them dead the next,” Hensley said.

Lightning Medicine Cloud’s mother Buffalo Woman was found dead a day after the white buffalo’s death. Little Soldier has said he believes she was poisoned. Meeks said he could not comment on the mother’s death.

Little Soldier had offered a $45,000 reward for information about the animal’s death.

Meeks said no charges will be filed against Little Soldier.

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Reward offered in second case of dog found with mouth taped

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information in a Kaufman County crime in which a dog was found dead Friday afternoon with its mouth taped shut.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas posted the reward this weekend after the female pit bull mix was discovered deceased in Kaufman County.

The reward is for the arrest and conviction of the person or people who taped the dog’s mouth.

The dog’s body was taken to the SPCA of Texas‘ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, where a veterinarian will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Kaufman County authorities continued their investigation Sunday.

“We’re still in the very early stages,” said Pat Laney of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s just a horrible crime.”

Authorities provided no other details in the case. Hot temperatures in North Texas pose a major problem for animals.

“Dogs pant to keep cool,” Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas said Sunday. “If they can’t do that, it’s certain they would be in critical condition very quickly.”

Authorities could not speculate on why someone would tape a dog’s mouth shut.

“There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence,” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias in a news release. “Helping the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department bring the person or people who did this to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse.”

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies, according to the SPCA.

The Kaufman County case is the second high-profile animal abuse case this month involving the taping of a dog’s mouth.

Hope survived God bless her!

In Parker County, a dog nicknamed Hope was found in early July with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding. With her snout wrapped with electrical tape, Hope was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

But Hope survived.

A $35,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects who tortured her.

Authorities said Hope is expected to be at an animal clinic for several weeks before she will be released to the care of her new owners, Charlie and Kit Moncrief, on whose ranch Hope was found.


Dallas County grand jury indicts three more suspects on burned puppy Justice

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DALLAS — The Dallas County District Attorney‘s Office announced on Thursday that a Dallas County grand jury indicted three additional suspects in the animal cruelty case involving Justice, the puppy that was allegedly doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire on April 4, at an apartment complex in Dallas.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

Warrants for cruelty to non-livestock animals were issued for Richard Anthony Valentine, 24, Darius Lamar Carey, 24, and Adrian Michael Ayers, 20.

According to the DA‘s office, the charge has been enhanced to a 3rd degree felony by indictment due to the use of a deadly weaponwhile committing the offense. Therefore, the punishment will range from two to 10 years in prison.

Carey and Valentine turned themselves in and are in custody at Lew Sterrett Justice Center. Ayers was already in custody on an unrelated offense.

Meanwhile, a trial date was set for the case of the State vs. Darius Ewing, the firssuspect indicted for this animal cruelty offense: November 12.

According to Fox, police said in an arrest warrant affidavit that Ewing threw the lighter fluid on the puppy and Valentine, identified as “Little R,” flicked the cigarette.

Fox also reported that Ayers’ bond was set at $200,000, but no amounts were identified on the bond for Valentine and Carey.

Ayers, who has been in prison since April 25 after being arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting, was listed as a witness in Ewing’s trial; he claims he was not involved.

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Black leaders insulted by accused dog killer’s bond

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“Oh for goodness sake, this has no relevance on colour, an innocent life was taken in a most gruesome way.  He turned himself in…which in itself is a confession to admitting the evil act….now he is crying about it!!  Tough, I guess for once the Judge actually loved dogs & was horrified when presented with such graphic details against a sentient being; as any sane person would be.? Anybody capable of committing such a heinous crime, shouldn’t be on the streets anyway!  I find it insulting that Mr. Wright brings up the matter that the dog was “Just a stray”, as if it’s life was worth nothing…shameful!!”


Several leaders in the African American community are seeking justice for the teenager accused of torching the dog named Justice. 

Poor Justice died due to her Injuries

Stomachs dropped at the images of Justice, a mixed breed puppy that was doused in lighter fluid and set ablaze earlier this month. He had second and third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body and died 10 days later.

Eighteen-year-old Darius Ewing later turned himself in to Dallas police on animal cruelty charges. His bond was set at $100,000.

But Ron Wright of Justice Seekers Texas said bond is not that high in some murder cases.

“The bond set at $100,000 for killing a stray dog is an insult to the African American community,” he said.

There is a recommended bail schedule that magistrates use to set bond for all crimes. A state jail felony, including cruelty to animals, can be as low as $500 or as much as $100,000 if the suspect is already on felony probation.

Former Judge Dan Wyde knows these cases. He defended a man in 2006 charged with setting Mercy the pit bull on fire.

“There is tremendous political pressure brought on law enforcement and prosecuting agencies to find someone and hold them accountable,” he said.

Attorney Robert Gregg feels the bond in this case is excessive.

“I saw the pictures and it was horrific, a horrible crime,” Gregg said. “But the code says a bond should not and shall not be punitive in nature. At $100,000 it sounds punitive to me.”

Dog-loving Attorney Katherine Borras believes the reason the bond is so high is because an animal was involved.

“As humans we need to protect those who can’t protect themselves. Animals included and when you see something like this it really tugs at people’s heart. I have no doubt that the magistrate in this case was affected by the allegation just like anybody else would be,” she said.

Wyde and Gregg both expect Ewing’s court-appointed attorney to file a motion to have the bond reduced.

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Suspect wanted in puppy-burning surrenders to Dallas police

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DALLAS — WFAA has learned the man wanted for setting a four-month-old puppy on fire in a South Dallas neighborhood surrendered to Dallas police Friday.

Darius Ewing, who was wanted in connection with the torture death of a puppy, turned himself in to Dallas police on Friday.

Darius Ewing, 18, was wanted for animal cruelty charges. Bond was set at $100,000.

Johnnie England, the director of Animal Advocacy & Communications (Metroplex Animal Coalition), told WFAA a representative of the Dallas District Attorney’s Office announced Ewing’s surrender at the end of a rally to raise awareness of animal cruelty Friday night outside Dallas City Hall.

A funeral was held for Justice at 1 p.m. Saturday in Carrollton at Tooth Acres, 1639 Parker Road. All were welcomed to attend.

Justice suffered painful burns in the attack and was unable to survive.

His rescuers named him “Justice,” because that’s what he deserves. And the path to finding justice for the puppy who was set on fire and left to die.

“It was just a stray dog,” said a woman who watched the attack happen. She did not want her face shown or her name broadcast. She was afraid of retaliation if she reveals her identity.

She said she rescued Justice on the night of April 4. “I just seen it hanging from the gate; I had to cut it down,” she said.

Someone had hung Justice from a fence. She said she used a pair of scissors to free the dog, and after she freed him, she said she saw someone douse him with lighter fluid and set him on fire in a park in the middle of the apartment complex.  She was disgusted.

Justice suffered painful burns in the attack and was unable to survive.

“You are taking a life basically, like setting your brother on fire,” the woman said. “People don’t understand that it is animal cruelty.”

And it happens more than it should. “In the course of an average year we’ll be involved in investigating over 2,500 cases of abuse,” said James Bias, president of the SPCA of Texas.

Inside the SPCA shelter there are dozens other dogs who were victims of cruelty and neglect. But none of them inspired what Justice did: A $10,000 donation from an anonymous source; another $5,000 from the Murrell Foundation; plus donations from across the country.

It adds up to a $25,000 reward to find and prosecute those who tortured and killed Justice.

“I think it’s because it’s a puppy, people see the innocence,” Bias said, adding that this dog’s painful death needs to serve as a warning.

“The old days where you think, ‘boys will be boys,’ or this is just done off of a dare… you can’t look the other way when something like this happens,” Bias said. “Someone who is going to really not care about a live creature is really not going to suddenly say, ‘I care about people.'”

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4-Month-Old Puppy Set on Fire in Dallas – Video – 2 hours ago had set back!

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“OMG…2 hours ago poor Justice had a set back, please see end of post for statement”

“Heartbreaking, poor Justice will be in my prayers! I can’t begin to understand the excruciating pain he must be in. Why are there so many EVIL humans born without a heart or soul. I hope the Evil monsters who did this will soon be caught & this time are dealt some proper jail time, not just the usual 30 days…if that! I want to say more but would like to stay on WordPress also, so I will leave it up to those who love animals the same as I, to know what I am thinking!!”

If I’ve ever had anything to depend on in my life, it’s my dog. “Man’s best friend” doesn’t even begin to describe the relationship I have with my dog. Big dog, small dog, pit bull, chihuahua — I have a heart for them all. And it’s stories like this one that truly break my heart.

The public is being asked to help identify suspects accused of setting a four-month-old lab-terrier mix puppy on fire in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood in Dallas.

WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas is reporting the puppy was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire at an apartment complex. Witnesses said they saw a group of teen boys attempting to strangle the puppy before setting him on fire. A witness ran over and used a t-shirt to put out the fire before calling for help.

A 4-month-old Lab-mix puppy is fighting for his life after being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last week

The puppy, named “Justice” after another dog that was set on fire three years ago, suffered second- and third-degree burns on most of his body. One leader of a Dallas animal rights group said he is “cautiously optimistic” Justice will survive.

Anyone with any information can call 214-373-8477. The SPCA added a $5,000 reward for information that brings Justice’s torturers to justice. I can only hope this happens very soon.

A truly heartbreaking story, but if I’ve learned one thing about dogs in my life, it’s that dogs are resilient creatures, and they’ll love until the very end. It looks like Justice is no different.

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Set-Back for puppy – 2hours ago

Thursday DFW Rescue Me released a statement:

“We have had a setback in Justice’s prognosis.  During a procedure last night, his vets discovered that his entire abdomen was burned worse than previously diagnosed. His vet team has consulted with Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital (one of the most cutting edge treatment centers in the country), and Justice is being transported to A&M this afternoon.  He is on pain medication and is sedated during treatments. 

“As a group, we at DFW Rescue Me, along with his vets, are very sensitive to the amount of pain he is in and his tolerance of the treatments. If at any time the most humane option is to release him from this world, we will do it.  Until that point, we plan to fight along with him on his path to a wonderful new life.”

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