Pleasant Grove, TX - A 4-month-old puppy was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last Tuesday.
According to a press release just issued today, the lab-terrier mix survived the horrific injuries, but his prognosis is guarded.
The puppy, since named "Justice", was discovered on April 4 around 9 pm by Dallas Police who responded to a call about a dog on fire. When they arrived, they found the severely injured puppy cowering behind an air-conditioning unit.
The authorities contacted animal services, who in turn, handed the puppy over to DFW Rescue Me.
According to Jim Wenger, President of DFW Rescue Me, he is, “cautiously optimistic” that the puppy, who still has his baby teeth, will survive.
Tragically, according to the police report, there is evidence that whoever burned the puppy first attempted to hang him.
According to the press release, this puppy was named Justice in memory of another Pleasant Grove dog who was set on fire exactly three years ago, on April 4, 2009. That Justice and a female dog named Hope were euthanized because of the severity of their wounds.
In that case, police quickly arrested two 17-year-olds, Jucorey Davis and Lefferreio Sudds. Both were charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty and torture, and both pleaded guilty. Sudds was sentenced to four years in prison, and Davis received 45 days jail time and 10 months probation.
Donations for Justice's veterinary expenses can be directed online to the rescue organization at: DFW Rescue Me
Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding Justice or those responsible for torturing him to call 911.
Animal cruelty is a State Jail felony in Texas. With the enhancement of use of a deadly weapon, as in this case, the punishment range is two to 10 years in prison.
Below : Vigil and funeral held for Justice, the 4 month old puppy that was burned alive in Pleasant Grove, TX.