Saturday, April 21, 2012
Mugshot released of Darius Ewing, who threw lit cigarette at puppy Justice
Ewing turned himself in on Friday.
Ewing surrendered on Friday. The dog died from his injuries.
The Police Department expressed thanks to the SPCA of Texas, animal advocacy groups, concerned citizens, and Crimestoppers, who pulled together to offer a reward.
The case has become a cause celebre among animal advocates not just in Dallas but across the country. Dallas animal advocates tried to keep the dog alive despite the fact that it had burns over 70% of its body, and the saga drew an intense following on Facebook. A vigil honoring the dog was held on Friday night at City Hall.
According to the police report, a group of people were present and laughed as Ewing threw the cigarette at Justice. The group had a rope, indicating that they may have intended to hang the puppy as well. Police are still searching for the other suspects.
Ewing was charged with animal cruelty, a state jail felony, punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years. A petition has been launched requesting that Ewing receive the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty.