Justice for Justice, the Burned Puppy, is Now Worth $25,000

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Photo by Leslie Minora
Justice rested while receiving care at City Vet last week.
There's nothing like the sad death of an adorable puppy to stir up the police, animal services and the media. That's certainly the case with Justice, the 4-month-old lab-terrier mix doused in lighter fluid and burned in a Pleasant Grove apartment complex on April 4. Justice suffered through a week of burn treatment beforedying April 13, and the animal's torturers are still at large, though an arrest is more likely as the stakes have been raised.

The SPCA's determination to find whoever set the puppy on fire has led the group to offer a $25,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the dog's abusers, up from its original $5,000.

The reward money includes $10,000 from an anonymous donor and $5,000 from the Murrell Foundation. Police have identified suspects as part of an ongoing investigation, but will not release names or additional details until arrests have been made, a Dallas Police Department spokesperson told Unfair Park.

Officials have reason to believe that someone videotaped and/or photographed while people burned the dog. The release alerting people to the increased reward money specifically asks that individuals who recorded the crime step forward. Someone who passed up $5,000, logic dictates, might find walking away from $25,000, and a conviction would be a hell of a lot more likely with objective proof.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477.

And for those who know nothing but want to express condolences for the puppy, a candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in front of Dallas City Hall. The following afternoon at 1 p.m., the dog's remains will be buried at Toothacres Pet Care Center at 1693 Parker Road in Carrollton. Both events are open to the public.

If humans were treated like this, every night would be a candlelight vigil. Then again, it's not every day that Justice needs justice.


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Rdallen19
Rdallen19

What needs to happen is he needs to feel how being set on fire feels and no medical support at all just left to die slow and painfully!!

Bburk886
Bburk886

When things like this happens I'm ashamed to be of the human race!! Who ever they are will abuse a person if they haven't already. This is how your serial killers start out they need to be found and put behind bars with a big burly animal lover

Don Phillips
Don Phillips

I'm glad they caught the scumbag(s) who are responsible ...Now make them pay BIG TIME !!!Rest in peace , Justice .....

Holly Tarczon
Holly Tarczon

I have followed this horrific story since it happened and was sickened to think people would/could do such a horrible thing to this innocent puppy, it broke my heart and made me cry, I'm so glad they caught that SOB! He should be hung and have lighter fluid poured on him and set his mean ass on fire and see how he likes it. I just pray the puppy wasn't in too much pain before he died, that really bothers. I love you Justice no one will hurt you in heaven.

Sxyadra
Sxyadra

This f-en S.O.B. DARIUS EWING ... the Dallas Morning News published his name. Can't wait til he is caught by DPD! I'm going to publish the prosecuters name and phone number all over every site so ppl can call and urge the maximum penalty. Plus I'll add in his jail contact info so the public can send his ass hate mail telling him how his mama didn't want him that's why she abandoned his ass to be raised by his grandma. Should've just aborted his ass - the world would've been a better place!!!!

Omar M
Omar M

From San Jose, California, I want send my condolences to Justice, may you rest in peace in doggy heaven. And to Russ Martin thank you for everything you do, I listen your show everyday!!

Lastly, to heartless SOB you messed with the wrong dog!

Celebrate Divershitty
Celebrate Divershitty

"Darius Ewing".

What a shocker that it turns out to be a guy with a Persian name, amirite?

leftocenter
leftocenter

"If humans were treated like this, every night would be a candlelight vigil. Then again, it's not every day that Justice needs justice."

So, every day a DFW-area person is set on fire while others watch and laugh?  Terrible comment.  And yeah, many pychopathic killers got their start torturing animals.  It's considered a legitimate warning sign of severe trouble.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Guys, might want to update your story...they issued a warrant for the scumbag who did this..

Obligatory Juxtaposition
Obligatory Juxtaposition

If the dog was a cow then they could have just shot it in the head and ate it and avoided all this outrage.

Justin & Amanda Sheppard
Justin & Amanda Sheppard

My fiance & I would like to donate a custom engraved headstone for Justice's gravesite. Who do we contact?

Clancey
Clancey

and thanks to John Murrell,  who can be counted on to help bring idiots to justice.

Dallagirl73
Dallagirl73

Quite the snarky attitude... There is a known link between people who kill animals who later end up killing humans.  How about we spread the word and up the anty before these evil humans kill other humans...

Lesley Sharp
Lesley Sharp

Was Russ the private donor? I kind of suspect... 

Lesley Sharp
Lesley Sharp

What the hell is that last sentence supposed to mean? That we're making too much of a fuss about a dog? I sure hope not...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I still want the SOBs who did this hung from the highest tree in the county, as they dont deserve to live...

Phelps
Phelps

Thank you for the help, Russ.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

You can probably find the video on one of those hip hop sites along with jumping white people and other funny stuff. On a serious note, whoever did this is fucked up and if they haven't murdered or tortured a human being yet, eventually they will. Sick bastards.

TXGirl
TXGirl

What a total POS.

Reader
Reader

More like we don't make enough of a fuss, as this kind of thing happens too often.

dfw75208
dfw75208

Seriously, what does that sentence mean?  It sounds terrible.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

As grateful as we should be to him, if he is indeed the anonymous donor, it'd difficult to separate his care for animals from his shocking treatment of humans.  Russ seems to have some sort of internal ethical disconnect.  I know he also provides significant support to police and fire organizations, but that philanthropy doesn't excuse his negative behavior as well.

Paul
Paul

 Russ ?

Phelps
Phelps

As he has said in the past, "people have it coming.  Animals are innocent."

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Yes, Russ Martin, notorious woman beater/dog lover....has some show on this thing called  "The Radio"

Phelps
Phelps

AKA the "anonymous" donor.

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