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Urge State's Attorney to Seek Justice for Dog Burned Alive

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In 2009, a pit bull was doused with gasoline and set on fire. Incredibly, the dog, who rescuers named Phoenix, came into the veterinary clinic wagging her tail. But with burns on 98 percent of her body, her system just starting shutting down and Phoenix couldn't be saved.

Travers and Tremayne Johnson, both 17 year old at the time, were arrested for animal cruelty and charged as adults. Surveillance video from the scene of the crime showed two boys who witnesses identified as the Johnson twins. Eleven of the jurors were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the twins were responsible for this horrendous crime. But one juror held out, resulting in a mistrial.

One juror told the Baltimore Sun, "There is no other logical explanation for who might have caused this." But no matter how much they tried to convince the dissenter, that juror was "simply not willing to listen to reason."

It's now up to the State's Attorney's Office to decide whether to retry this case. Phoenix's death raised awareness across the country about the seriousness of animal abuse, and advocates want justice. Ask the State's Attorney not to give up on Phoenix and to bring this to retrial.

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