When Hand4Paws heard how 18-year-old Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him, a petition was written to bring Justice for Justice, as the dog was named. On August 20, 2013, before the case went to trail, Ewing entered a plea, agreeing to a five-year sentence. Judge Larry Mitchell then reduced Ewing's sentence to two years. Once more, the petition brought in more signatures until on August 23, 2013, and more than 37,000 signatures later, DFW Rescue Me, who took in Justice, was called back to the courthouse by the judge. Judge Mitchell then determined Darius Ewing to be guilty of causing the death of Justice by fire. Thanks to all the public outrage, including those who signed and commented on this petition, Ewing now faces five years in jail.
Dallas, TX: As hundreds of animal lovers held a candlelight vigil for the severely burned puppy now known as Justice, the man reportedly responsible for setting him on fire, 18-year-old Darius Ewing, turned himself into police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest, and a $25,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for harming the puppy.
DFW Rescue Me came to the rescue of the little four-month-old puppy. They named him “Justice”, since that is what they hoped he would get. He was rushed to an emergency clinic for treatment, however Justice sustained third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body, and his poor little body could not handle it. Justice died 10 days after Ewing allegedly poured lighter fluid on the Labrador puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him.
The police report states that when they arrived at the scene, the badly burned puppy was hiding. It also states that a group of people were present and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at Justice. The group also had a rope, so possibly intended on hanging the little puppy as well. Police are still looking for the other suspects.
Ewing was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, a State Jail Felony 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.
This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Darius Ewing receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty. Please speak out against animal cruelty and help get justice for Justice by adding your signature to this petition.
See more pictures of Justice and read more about his story on DFW Rescue Me’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DFWRescueMe
For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-man-that-set-dog-on-fire-dallas-texas-turns-himself-in?CID=examiner_alerts_article
Read more about the candlelight vigil here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/04/21/suspect-in-justice-the-dogs-case-arrested/
Image courtesy of: DFW Rescue Me
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