Mistrial in Case of Teens Accused of Setting Dog on Fire

A single juror prevented the jury in the case of two brothers accused of animal cruelty from reaching a unanimous verdict, resulting in a mistrial on February 7.

Twins Travers and Tremayne Johnson, now 19, were accused of dousing a young Pit Bull in gasoline and setting her on fire in the streets of Baltimore in May 2009. Although the dog was saved by a policewoman and treated by rescue workers (who named her Phoenix), her injuries were so severe that she had to be euthanized a few days after the incident.

Nearly two years after her death, the attack has served as a catalyst for change in Baltimore. With support from the ASPCA, the city created the Baltimore Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission in November 2010.

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is expected to retry the case against Travers and Tremayne Johnson.

Source: aspca.org

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