Animal Cruelty

Suspects in Justice puppy case plead guilty to burning dog

Suspects in Justice puppy case plead guilty to burning dog

After more than a year of delays, all four Dallas men accused of burning a puppy named Justice in April 2012 have pled guilty in the dog's death.

Darius Ewing and Richard Valentine entered pleas on Tuesday August 20. They joined Adrian Ayers, who pleaded guilty in June, and Darius Carey, who pleaded guilty on August 16.

The four men were charged with felony animal cruelty after the 4-month-old puppy was found in an apartment complex in Pleasant Grove in April with burns on more than 70 percent of its body. The case drew international attention after the dog died 10 days later.

Ayers was sentenced to two years. Valentine received 15 months. Sentences for Ewing and Carey have not been announced.

The guilty pleas came on the day that jury selection was scheduled to begin; the trial would have commenced on August 21.

 

Mugshot of Darius Ewing
Darius Ewing has been sentenced to five years in jail. Photo courtesy of Dallas County Sheriff's Office
Justice, burned puppy, animal cruelty
Justice the puppy died in 2012. Photo by Teresa Gubbins