Pet owner indicted in burning death of Mercy
By BILL MILLER
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
A Dallas man has been indicted for felony cruelty to animals in a case involving a tortured pit bull puppy that outraged people throughout the world.
A Dallas County grand jury indicted DeShawn Brown, 21, on Thursday, said Rachel Raya, spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
Brown was arrested April 27, nearly two weeks after his 10-month-old pit bull mix, later called Mercy, was seen running, ablaze, through the parking lot of a north Dallas apartment complex.
Mercy had been stabbed, and burns covered 60 percent of her body, according to reports. She was turned over to Operation Kindness, a non-profit shelter in Carrollton that tries to find homes for abandoned or abused animals.
Mercy died April 23, despite extensive efforts to save her by volunteer veterinarians.
Witnesses told police that the dog belonged to Brown, who was questioned a short time later, the reports said.
He told police he was grilling food on his patio when the puppy accidentally bumped the grill and ignited herself.
Officials interviewed Brown again and he told another story, this time saying he owed money to two guys for an Xbox and they had retaliated by burning his dog, the reports said.
Witnesses, however, said he angrily attacked the puppy because she failed to breed with another dog.
Brown was subsequently arrested. Bond was set at $50,000, and he has since released from jail, according to records.
Officials for Operation Kindness said they were inundated with calls and e-mails from people in the United States, Canada, and from as far away as the United Kingdom who expressed concern and outrage over the dog's plight.
Bill Miller, (817) 390-7684