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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Police search for cruel gang who strangled, set fire to a dog named Justice, who died yesterday

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Dallas police are still on the search for the thugs who strangled, burned and killed a four-month-old puppy.

The lab-terrier mix, who was named Justice by the people who rescued him, died from his injuries yesterday.

The SPCA of Texas has offered a $5,000 reward for their identification and arrest.

Defenseless pup: The four-month-old lab-terrier mix was set on fire by a gang of thugs in April. The animal has since died of the burns

Animal cruelty is a felony in Texas and Justice’s assailants face up to ten years in jail if caught.

However, locals are questioning why the police are taking so long in arresting those responsible, since there were several witnesses and they have the location of the act and the nicknames of those involved.

The horrific tale has caught the public’s sympathy and imagination.

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Nearly 7,000 people have signed a petition to help find the perpetrators and a candlelit vigil will be held for the pup on April 20 at Dallas City Hall.

A public funeral will be held for Justice the next day at local pet cemetery Toothacres

Justice was rescued in early April after being tortured, doused with lighter fluid and set on fire.

The official police report describes the cruel incident in grisly detail.

‘ROS [responding officers] observed several scattering juveniles, laughing. An unknown wit [witness] stated he observed the puppy running across the apartment courtyard smoking and running towards the front of the complex.

‘ROS found a brown pit-bull puppy, approximately 4 months old, entire body burned.’

The report said that the witnesses had seen a group standing around the animal ‘laughing’, while an ‘unknown upset female attempted to put out the flames with a shirt and a bottle of water’.

‘Wit 1 stated he observed “Slim” with a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and pouring the lighter fluid on the puppy and lighting the puppy on fire.’

The report then describes how the gang, led by a person known as ‘Ohio‘, had viciously strangled the puppy prior to the burning.

Wit 2 and Wit 3 stated they were holding the puppy for “Ohio” who they observed strangulating the puppy with rope in a cruel manner over a fence and fled when he observed RO Bowen approaching.’

The report said that the witnesses had seen a group standing around the animal ‘laughing’, while an ‘unknown upset female attempted to put out the flames with a shirt and a bottle of water’.

‘Wit 1 stated he observed “Slim” with a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and pouring the lighter fluid on the puppy and lighting the puppy on fire.’

The report then describes how the gang, led by a person known as ‘Ohio’, had viciously strangled the puppy prior to the burning.

‘Wit 2 and Wit 3 stated they were holding the puppy for “Ohio” who they observed strangulating the puppy with rope in a cruel manner over a fence and fled when he observed RO Bowen approaching.’

Justice was shipped to a local animal hospital where he was given medication for burns that covered 60 to 70 percent of his body.

Jim Wenger, co-founder of DFW Rescue Me, the centre which originally took in the dog and paid for the vet bills, said that despite being in intensive pain, the puppy showed signs of his readily lovable nature.

‘When the A&M vet told me he wasn’t going to make it, she said his tail was still wagging, even though he didn’t have enough blood pressure to wag his tail,’ Mr Wenger told Pegasus News.

‘They were controlling his pain, and every time you talked to him, his tail would wag. He wanted to give kisses. He finally knew love, and I’m glad I could be a part of his life, even for a few days.’

Despite the tragic outcome, Mr Wenger says that the support Justice has attracted has led to an increase in donations to the centre and animal abuse awareness campaigns.

‘Justice is going to help a lot of dogs, and his story is going to help a lot of dogs. Hopefully it will change people’s view on animal cruelty. I just wish he was here to see that.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2131649/Police-search-cruel-gang-strangled-set-killed-month-old-puppy-Justice.html#ixzz1sQUlZzRl

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