(Photo courtesy of Dallas County)
Last night as we wrapped up our candlelight vigil for Justice the dog who was lit on fire in Pleasant Grove, the Assistant District Attorney of Dallas pulled event emcee Richard Hunter aside to whisper something in his ear. A moment later, Hunter jumped back onto the stage with an exciting announcement, “Darius Ewing has turned himself in!” His words were met with cheers and applause from the crowd. Ewing is charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals: Torture which is a felony in Texas. The penalty is 2-10 years, and we heard from city officials last night that they would prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
This is comforting news in an uncomfortable case.
The vigil was moving, and it’s amazing to see so many caring people come together. Speakers included ADA David Alex, Dallas Councilman Tennell Atkins (District 8), Mary Spencer representing for Mayor Mike Rawlings, Judy from Dallas Animal Services, J.P. Bonnelly (local dog trainer and rescuer), Jim Wenger (head of DFW Rescue Me) and yours truly. The turnout was impressive and included Tyron Smith from the Dallas Cowboys and John R. Murrell of the Murrell Foundation who donated to Justice’s medical bills and reward money respectively.