Dog burned to death inspires fund to save other downtrodden pets

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

DALLAS - Out of a young dog's suffering comes a positive effort of hope for other neglected or abused dogs.

After the heartbreaking story of Justice, a four-month-old Lab terrier deliberately set on fire that later died, a rescue group started a fund in the dog's name to help others.

And they're looking for help to keep it going.

The Justice for Justice Fund set up by DFW Rescue Me is remembering Justice by saving the lives of other dogs, according to spokesman Jim Wenger.

"The Justice story was a sad story, and we're trying to have something positive come out of that, with helping as many dogs as we can in his name," Wenger said.

So far, that's been about 20.

The group stepped forward in April to try and save the life of the puppy it named Justice. The dog was burned on over 70 percent of its body after it was deliberately set on fire in Dallas. Justice died days later.

Police arrested four men in connection with the burning and a grand jury indicted them with felony animal cruelty charges.

The Justice for Justice Fund takes dogs from the Dallas animal shelter and nurses them to health for adoption.

Thunder, a 12-week-old Chihuahua, had surgery for a broken leg. So did Wipeout, a 12-week-old Vizsla mix.

Abram, a two-year-old bulldog/pit bull mix had mange from starvation, but has gained 12 pounds in two months.

"It's a shame that a dog will get put down just for having something like mange or maybe broken legs, so they need an advocate and need a voice," Wenger said.

The group is now looking for donations to keep the fund going to save more dogs in the memory of Justice.

Wenger, now wearing a tattoo of the dog's likeness on his upper right arm, has a permanent reminder good can come from evil.

Donations can be made through the group's website, www.dfwrescueme.org.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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