DFW Rescue Me
The 4-month-old Lab-mix puppy died after being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last week.
While Dallas police try to figure out who doused a 4-month-old puppy with lighter fluid before setting the dog on fire last week, the puppy known as Justice died Friday night.
Justice was being treated at Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital after being moved to the facility on Thursday afternoon.
The volunteer group DFW Rescue Me named the dog Justice after another dog that was burned three years ago.
In a statement released on Saturday morning, the rescue group said, Justice, had undergone hours of treatment on Friday. That is where doctors determined he had 3rd degree burns on 70 percent of his body and some of the tissue had become infected.
Doctors fought to keep the puppy's blood pressure up but couldn't and he died during the evening.
In the statement the group said it was overwhelmed by the response of donations and all of the medical bills for Justice had been paid. The group will use the remaining money to set up a fund in his name.
Police received a call April 4 at about 9 p.m. about a group of males setting a dog on fire at an apartment complex in Pleasant Grove.
A witness told police someone poured lighter fluid on the puppy before setting him on fire and that they might have even tried to strangle the dog with a rope.
Before police arrived, a woman tried to put out the flames while the crowd laughed, witnesses said.
Dallas police arrived and the crowd scattered. Officers found the Labrador-terrier mix hiding behind an air conditioning unit a short time later.
If police are able to find out who lit Justice on fire, that person could face charges of felony animal cruelty and torture which carries a penalty of 2 to 10 years behind bars.
A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.