Warrant Issued for 18-Year-Old Accused of Setting Puppy on Fire (Update: Arrest Made)

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Justice received care for burns covering 70 percent of his body.
Update, 9:42 p.m., Friday: An arrest has been made. From DPD:

Darius Ewing, who was wanted in connection to the puppy who was burned, has surrendered to the Dallas Police Department. He surrendered to police while a candle light vigile was being held by area animal advocates for the puppy named Justice, who died from his injuries.

The Police Department would like to thank the SPCA of Texas, animal advocacy groups, concerned citizens and Crimestoppers who pulled together to offer a reward in this case.

Original Item: Dallas police are one step closer to arresting the person who doused a puppy in lighter fluid and lit it on fire two weeks ago. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 18-year-old Darius Ewing, who allegedly threw a lit cigarette on the dog. A $25,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to his arrest.

Authorities are not releasing further information until an arrest has been made.

The severely burned puppy, Justice, received treatment for a week and seemed to be improving, but his condition took a sharp turn on April 13 and the dog died while receiving care at Texas A&M.

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jessejames855
jessejames855

If someone can tell me if this piece of shit is n Dpd custody or not an give me an address ill gladly put 3 n his chest an 2 in face an ill take care of his piece of shit uncle at the same time

Jack
Jack

The underwear skid marks that did this should be doused in lighter fluid, set on fire then buried alive.

There is no way to reform scum like this, just remove them from society forever.

Bam
Bam

Set fire to the piece of shit.. I would do it but I'm in England.. Anyone for hire?

BenVeritas
BenVeritas

Oh those college frat boys.

There was another incident in which a dog was set on fire while giving birth. YouTube took down the link.

Rglenn6245
Rglenn6245

Hugh, have you ever loved a pet in your childhood?

How would you feel if you were 9 years old and your dog was your best friend, and someone set it on fire which led to it's death.....

Still feel the same...Just a dog??

Let's dial the clock ahead a few years - You have a son who's whole world revolves around his best friend, a dog....Neighborhood kids set the dog on fire - Still feel the same??

Boneedsahome
Boneedsahome

I love America, and I love being an American...but it's times like these that I think the Middle East has it right.  Let's douse him in lighter fluid and then light him on fire! 

"Anyone been caught thieving in the Middle East lately?  Let's have a show of hands!"

Zamora Carl
Zamora Carl

just as Jason replied I'm blown away that a person can get paid $9505 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you read this site link makecash16.comONLY

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

When people ask me about whether or not I support capital punishment, I say yes, but the laws need strengthening.  I believe the death penalty should be administered for case of animal cruelty like this.  

Boneedsahome
Boneedsahome

I agree.The rap for murder is a lot worse than the rap for attempted murder.Animals have feelings, they feel pain, and they suffer, just like us.  Why should their suffering matter less?  Just because they don't have a voice?  I think that's almost MORE of a reason...

jlaughlin982
jlaughlin982

Okay, let's pretend this question was genuine.  Any expert will tell you torturing animals is statistically the first step in becoming a serial killer.  By taking animal cruelty seriously we could be circumventing the potential for wanton deaths of innocent people in the area.  Lord knows Pleasant Grove has enough problems.

Just An Observation
Just An Observation

This story received 109 comments so far. The Johnathan Ramsey (In case you forgot. he was the 11 year old boy who was starved to death by his parents) article posted on April 1 received 18 comments.

PearLstylist
PearLstylist

F-ing bastard.....sometimes I wish we lived in a country that would do equal punishment to let the idiots of America have a real taste of an eye for an eye. This is truely one of the saddest stories I've heard in a long time. The day people learn to leave children and helpless animals alone, the world will be a better place.......

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Hey Darius........Your parents should be proud that they are raising a potential serial killer, a twisted fuck, a wussy, and someone who is abusing his space on the planet. 

Charles
Charles

See case #D at http://www.animallaw.info/arti...We depend on cops to apprehend people who are not cops, when they unnecessarily cause the death of, or suffering to, a dog.  BUT, when POLICE commit the outrage, they get protected from consequences.  Internal Affairs protects them, District Attorneys, judges and grand juries protect them, legislatures they've lobbied---and they lobby them all---protect them.  They see someone filming their actions, they confiscate the device!  They DO have something to hide!  They're hiding the problem that they're cruel and compassionless!  Only the media even comes close to faulting their BARBARISM.  There's a show, Animal Cops, and what do they think of other police who shoot pets, when other courses of action are available?  Just SILENCE.  Can they not use a baton or pepper spray, if a dog is advancing and acting hostile, instead of opening fire?  Why is deadly force so often their immediate first choice?  It is because they ENJOY having this power of dealing out DEATH and getting away with it as in the case of Dolly in Plano. Police are a greater threat to people's pets than Darius Ewing, because HE can be prosecuted whereas THEY do NOT get prosecuted.  Doctrines of immunity and seriously corrupt judges are central to this woefully neglected moral problem.  People become cops because they are power seekers on a power trip.  This could be stopped by high schools keeping records of bullies, when they try to become police or security guards they could be barred---this would solve most of the problem.  I again mention the veterinary profession and its aggravated harm to pets caused by over-vaccination (theft by deception), toxic pharmaceuticals and high risk unnecessary major surgeries they sometimes suggest, out of financial self interest, to be carried out on older pets.  Then they hide back of their State Board which nearly never finds fault.

cronkite
cronkite

but you do agree letter carriers and other deliveryman should be armed and free to gun down potentially dangerous house pets 

Charles
Charles

 NO, not armed and "free to gun down," that's against Postal regulations.  They can carry pepper spray or ammonia based repellent.  They are not required to deliver mail where a dog poses a threat.  If threatened elsewhere, Postal authorities cooperate with animal control officials.

JohnFite
JohnFite

 I wish I could help out with the arrest..  I wish I could get there a few minutes before the cops arrive.

Johnfite
Johnfite

I can't imaging anyone doing this.  He need to be locked up for a long time!

Paul
Paul

Hey ... Darius ... rot in hell, you sick fuck.

Paul
Paul

 That is a different Paul ...  my grandmother would jump up out of her grave and snatch me bald-headed if I used such foul filthy language ... even though it is a despicable deed we are talking about.

Charles
Charles

News accounts of cruelty to domestic pets, usually dogs,  include unnecessarily aggressive actions by police officers causing pet fatalities.  It's all over You Tube and indexes of major newspapers (see "The Death Of Range," NY Times).  There appears to be the attitude that you're not a real cop until you've used deadly force, and a dog is a consolation prize.  High schools should be required to maintain records of students who bully other students.  Those records should be used to bar such individuals from becoming police officers and security guards.  At http://ninjalaw.wordpress.com/... scroll down to the last story.  The Leatherman family was victimized almost past description.  Newspaper accounts at the time read with tragic overtones suggestive of willful cruelty similar to medieval execution by breaking on the wheel by hammer blows smashing bone after bone.  It's extraordinarily dangerous to society to have dog killers wearing badges and carrying firearms.  There's a recent case from Arlington of a child seeing a cop gun down the beloved family pet.  Until policemen cleanse their ranks, they should be excluded from churches and ostracized by all who know what occupation they're in.  Bear in mind the old proverb "innocence finds not nearly so much protection as guilt."  Most police shootings of dogs are not justifiable.  To avoid the fallacy of the neglected aspect, the other occupation that gets away from abusing and killing pets is the veterinary profession hiding behind its state board and media reluctance to investigate them.

engmofo
engmofo

In that vein Google "Cisco the dog, Austin"

Charles
Charles

 Hundreds of years ago Europe saw its darkest days---not under Nazi Germany, but under the Holy Roman Catholic Inquisition, the worse of the two.  The pear of anguish, the instep borer, the garrote, strappado, squassation, the knee splitter, leg crusher, the Judas cradle, the heretic's fork, molten lead poured into oversized boots and many other hideous torture devices were used.  These cops gunning down dogs unnecessarily are on the same moral plane as the Inquisitors.  I do sincerely wish for an alien takeover in which these "peace officers" would be punished by SCAPHISM, a Persian execution method in which the victim was eaten alive over a period of days by insects burrowing into increasingly gangrenous flesh.  This was worse than crucifixion.  These cops are shooting dogs because it's what they WANT to do.  In very limited cases it's all they can do.  There's no use to punish people for cruelty to animals only if the perpetrator isn't a member of "law enforcement."  Judges should consider becoming human with some feelings of decency by refusing to harbor criminal cops.  The same goes for grand juries and district attorneys.  No more protection because someone belongs to a Masonic lodge!  That's a slap in the face to the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.

Boneedsahome
Boneedsahome

Are you friends with Mr. Ewing?  One does not excuse the other.  The difference is, you have a trigger-cop that needs to be better trained trained, and perhaps sent to therapy because he shot an unarmed "dog" which very well could have been a human being.  HOWEVER.  The dog died swiftly, and we're not talking about malicious intent here.  This Darius FREAK intentionally set this dog on fire for the purpose of causing it pain for his own personal enjoyment.  TOTALLY DIFFERENT.They are both awful, but they are different situations, and one certainly does not excuse the other.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Actually, an occupying Army does not call civilians in the occupied territory.  They are referred to as non-combatants (if the Army is from a civilized nation) or simply the Enemy (if the army isn't).

"Civilian", as used by the US Military, refers to anyone under the protection of the US Military who is not IN the military.  For instance, civilians employed by the US Army are called, surprisingly enough 'DA civilians'.  I'm fairly certain that US law enforcement carries the same or similar meaning for the word 'civilian'; namely, someone under the protection of law, but not engaged or employed in law enforcement.

I will tell you this, if a dog, any dog, for any reason is endangering myself or my family, the dog will be shot.  Naturally, knowing that aggression in dogs is most often trained into them, I'd rather shoot the owners, but shooting the owner won't get an attacking dog off of a child.

Charles
Charles

 Any reasonable person has "a problem with the police" when they break they law---when they use more than the minimum force needed to get control of a situation.  There was Arlington cop Brian Farrell some years ago all over the news because he was cutting notches into the handle of his gun every time he caused a fatality with it.  Policemen who project that they want "civilians" to show them abject, quivering submission aren't fit to be law enforcers.  They usually refer to the public as "civilians," a term an occupying army uses.  If they had respect for those they allegedly serve and protect, they'd call us "citizens."  "Civilian" indeed refers to someone not in the military.  Why do you not have a problem with the police when THEY contravene the law?  Please explain.

Charles
Charles

 Few share your view.  And you're only being horsey and contrary.  That's not constructive.

cronkite
cronkite

when police shoot dogs, that's not news. when dogs shoot police that's news.

billmarvel
billmarvel

You seem to have a problem with the police. But your problem is not with me, because I am not nor have ever been a policeman nor in any kind of law enforcement, nor has anybody in my family.But your comment reminded me, this whole conversation is getting more and more bizarre and scarey. So I'm outta here.

 

Charles
Charles

 Well, you're in that occupation, or you're related to one.  You do think policemen should be able to gun down anyone's dog, don't you?  Especially if they want to, and the dog is not attacking.  But you think a person injuring a police dog should be severely penalized, don't you?  Policemen do NOT think law or decency should apply to THEM.  You can take a survey of public opinion in cases of police shooting dogs and you'll see the majority does not approve.  I would not want help against the devil, from the devil.

billmarvel
billmarvel

Next rime you're being assaulted or robbed, Charles, pick up a phone and dial a dog. 

Dfkim61
Dfkim61

This guy as well as his accomlplices should all get the maximum punishment. I will never understand why human beings, supposedly the most intelligent of all creatures, do something so cruel. It just blows me away!!!!!!!

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

He was all like, "Shit, man! I'm gonna get me one of them keys to the city, too!". 

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

I'd like to be like Mike,I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike,Like Mike, i'd like to be like Mike!

billmarvel
billmarvel

To those, below, who are so eager to set on fire the guy who burned the pup:  Do you have any idea what you're saying? How do you distinguish your pathological cruelty from his? Seriously.

engmofo
engmofo

;;

billmarvel
billmarvel

mofo,I had a dog when I was a kid and a cat since (plus various other pets), so I can understand the emotional ties we have with animals. But that does not cancel the moral ties we have to other human beings, even those who have done something detestable. That we could descend to the same level of cruelty and sadism against any living being -- animal or human -- says something terrifying about us. Out of such sentiments lynch mobs are formed. I hope you sit down with your daughter and patiently explain that it's a terrible thing to want to hurt or torture anyone.

Charles
Charles

 It's folly to propose "moral ties" to human beings who've done something detestable.  Italians who mobbed and killed Benito Mussolini were correct to not acknowledge "moral ties" to him.  Moral ties are better extended to dogs who naturally want to be good natured.

engmofo
engmofo

Your right .I'm wrong Don't ever dare to tell me how to raise my child.This was about some dick that set light to a dog ,I'm gona go back & erase my previous posts so I don't leave a bad taste in everyones mouth

billmarvel
billmarvel

"we all have these feelings" that we'd like to pour lighter fluid over somebody and light the match???  Good Lord, I hope not! It's precisely that we don't have these feelings that distinguishes most of us from the puppy-burners and the moral monsters who blithely recommend sadistic tortures for other human beings.You don't have to be a saint to see this is not only evil but a formula for a world most of us would not want to live in.If someone broke into my house I'd certainly have the right to defend my family, even to the point of shooing the intruder. Centuries of Common Law have recognized that right.  What the law does NOT recognize is the right to take revenge, particularly the kind of cruel and twisted revenge that you and others here seem to be advocating.Let me implore you once more to sit down with that 11-year-old daughter and have a frank talk about the morality of inflicting pain on other creature. it will do you both good.

thomas talley
thomas talley

First dogs then kids then adults see the pattern here.....?

thomas talley
thomas talley

He should be set on fire and see how he likes it, what  a cute puppy, Why... Why? absolutely amasing where kids heads are in this day in age, now we have to burn puppies? Fucking sick!!!!

robert
robert

Such extreme cruelty to such an innocent being!  This is how every serial killer begins and do not fool yourself that this person would do it to you just as fast if he though he could get away with it.  This thing is broken beyond repair.  Just kill it!  A fast death is more than it deserves.

NatX
NatX

Some black kid inspired by Michael Vick.

Charles
Charles

 Sounds reasonable.  I've seen a Vick jersey being worn by someone I know to be worthless.

Bigmikewestmore070769
Bigmikewestmore070769

Do the same thing to them and let them feel the same pain that these dogs went thur. And no plea bargin

Cheinda Chanrouta Parks Proeun
Cheinda Chanrouta Parks Proeun

how can someone do something so crule an evil to an anisent creacher and still walks among us this person is not human but a monster i hope u guys find this monster an give this puppy justice!!!

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