DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA has upped the award for an arrest in the case of a dog that was lit on fire and killed in Pleasant Grove to $25,000.
Two weeks ago, Justice the puppy was doused in lighter fluid and set aflame at an apartment complex by a group of men. He died from the injuries last Friday.
Dallas Police are investigating. Initially, the reward was set at $5,000 for any information leading to a conviction.
On Wednesday, the SPCA increased that total to $25,000. SPCA President James Bias said anyone willing to commit this type of torture should be held accountable for the vicious act.
He said this type of torture indicates that there’s a good chance the suspects will do something similar in the future.
The four-month-old puppy suffered third-degree burns on 70 percent of its body during the incident.
Animal cruelty is a felony in Texas. Because those responsible used a deadly weapon, they’ll face a punishment ranging from two to 10 years in jail.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477 or dial 911. The SPCA of Texas is offering that $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.