UPDATE: Justice, The Dog Set On Fire, Receives No Justice

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Update August 21, 2013 10:35 a.m:Since the District Attorney‘s office is considering an appeal, the petition asking for the maximum sentence (link is below) has been reopened for signatures.

In April, 2012, an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him. The police report stated that a group of people watched and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at the dog.

Darius Ewing

The Labrador puppy suffered from third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body. His poor little body could not handle it, and ten days after being set on fire, the puppy died.

The puppy was named “Justice” by his rescuers, DFW Rescue Me, since that is what they hoped he would get.

But that does not seem to be the case.

The man who lit Justice on fire, Darius Ewing, pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty. Ewing entered a plea on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year sentence. The judge on the case, Larry Mitchell, reduced his sentence to two years. WFFA.com reports that the judge “lowered it to two years, saying prosecutors failed to prove that a ‘deadly weapon’ was used.”

Three others also pleaded guilty to one count each of felony animal cruelty. Darius Carey, 25, was sentenced to two years in jail. Richard Valentine, 25, and Adrian Ayers, 21, each received 15 months in jail.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

In Texas, State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Jonnie England of the Texas Humane Alliance says all who were present for sentencing in the courtroom were shocked. “There was just no justice for Justice here today,” England said.

Prosecutors are considering an appeal for Ewing’s case.

Animal advocate group Hand4Paws wrote a petition asking that Darius Ewing receive the maximum sentence. The petition received over 37,000 signatures. The petition was sent to the judge on the case, Larry Mitchell.

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Burned Puppy Named Justice – Case Plods Along Slowly

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Prosecutors, defense continue to meet before trial

The case is moving forward against a local teen accused of setting a puppy on fire, ultimately killing the dog named Justice.

The case against a Dallas teen accused of setting a puppy on fire is moving forward.

The defense team met with prosecutors Thursday at the Frank Crowley Courthouse. The state is turning over the evidence it has against Darius Ewing.

The death of the dog and the animal cruelty case, has outraged animal lovers. 

“We wanted to show our support for Justice,” said Ann Mattson, volunteer with DFW Rescue Me.

Mattson said volunteers won’t miss a minute of the case against Ewing. The 18-year-old did not have to show up for court on Thursday, but animal rights supporters did show up with a message for prosecutors:

“We want to see the maximum penalties given to people who are found guilty of abusing animals,” said Mattson.

Attorneys are meeting privately laying out the evidence in the case and talking about a possible plea deal.

Ewing is accused of dousing a 4-month-old puppy, later named Justice, with lighter fluid and setting him on fire with a cigarette.  The dog died 10 days later with burns on 70 percent of his body.

Controversy has been surrounding the case in and out of the courtroom with allegations of racial bias.

Animal lovers say justice, in the courtroom and for the dog, is the bottom line.

“Please don’t abuse animals.  If you abuse animals, we want justice for them, and we’re going to be here,” said Mattson.

The judge in the case said prosecutors and the defense could meet a half dozen times before deciding if and when the case will go to trial.

Last month, the judge cut Ewing’s bond in half from $100,000 to $50,000. Ewing remains in jail.

News Link:-http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Burned-Puppy-Case-Plods-Along-Slowly-159068395.html

Black leader in Texas believes his German shepherd was intentionally killed

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A 2-year-old German shepherd named Sadie died at the Dallas, Texas home of Rev. Ronald Wright this past weekend

According to My Fox DFW News, Rev.Wright not only believes that his dog‘s untimely death was intentional, but he feels that it was done in retaliation for comments that he made about another animal cruelty case which has rocked much of the nation; the case of Justice the Pit bull puppy who was intentionally burned.

In late April, Wright spoke out about the bond which was set for the only suspect in this animal cruelty case, 18-year-old Darius Ewing. Wright stated,

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

Now, he believes that those who disagreed with his view may have targeted his German shepherd in retaliation.

Last weekend when he arrived home, his dog did not greet him as usual. When he walked over to her motionless body, he discovered that she was bleeding from her mouth.

After phoning animal control and describing her condition, he concluded that his dog had been the victim of poison.

Wright has stated that the cruel act against his dog will not deter him from fighting to reduce Ewing’s bail however. He told My Fox DFW,

 “I pray for the person who did this, but that’s not gonna stop me from doing the work that I do,”

There is a huge outpouring of support for the judge who set Ewing’s bond at the maximum $100,000 limit. Those in support of the amount do not see this as a race issue – they see it as a case of unthinkable cruelty.

Ewing is accused of dousing the 4-month-old Pit bull puppy with lighter fluid and tossing his lit cigarette onto the puppy’s body. The resulting burns covered the majority of Justice’s body and ultimately claimed his young life.

Ewing’s actions reflect those of a person with little to no respect for life. The color of his skin has nothing to do with the inhumane act which stole the life of an innocent puppy.

It is difficult to imagine that anyone who is fighting for Ewing to be punished would be so cruel as to lash out at another dog. Right now, police have little to go on in the case of Sadie’s death.

Unfortunately, nobody may ever know if Wright’s dog was killed in retaliation, or if she was yet another innocent victim of an individual with no regard for life.

Read more here.

http://www.examiner.com/article/black-leader-texas-believes-his-german-shepherd-was-poisoned-retaliation?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

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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!!”

DALLAS

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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