Justice for Puppy Allegedly Burned With Hot Oil and Denied Veterinary Care

Target: Sheriff Omar Lucio, Cameron County, Texas

Goal: Punish dog owners who reportedly allowed a puppy to suffer for days with severe burns covering 25 percent of his body.

A puppy is in the care of the Harlingen Humane Society after being burned severely with hot oil. According to reports, a quarter of the puppy’s fur was burned off, leaving red, inflamed skin and blisters. Veterinarian Technician Donja Rodriguez said that the 2-month-old pit bull puppy, named Phoenix, was dehydrated and in pain, and had severe burning on his neck, top of his head and part of his back. While the owners claim it was an accident, they allegedly allowed Phoenix to suffer for four days before he was finally taken to a veterinarian.

Police are currently refusing to press charges in this case. According to them, the owners’ attempt to put a cream on the severe wounds was enough. While the owners claim that they could not afford the trip to the veterinarian, there are several animal rescue agencies in the area that could have been contacted.

If a child was burned this severely and only given a cream, the child would have been taken away and the parents charged with neglect. It’s unfair that police consider allowing a dog to suffer in extreme pain for days at a time to be allowable. Sign the petition below to demand that police begin taking animal neglect seriously by laying charges against the owners who allegedly denied a seriously injured puppy much-needed medical care.


Dear Sheriff Lucio,

A puppy recently suffered severe burns on a quarter of his body after hot oil was reportedly accidentally poured on him. The owners are accused of denying the animal proper care — they chose to put a cream on the severe burns instead of taking the animal to a veterinarian. When the dog, named Phoenix, was finally given care, he was found to be dehydrated and in severe pain. While the owners claim that they could not afford the trip to the veterinarian, they could have called several animal rescue agencies for help.

If a child was allowed to suffer like this, police would certainly have laid charges. This dog is a sentient being, and felt the exact same pain over those four days that a child would have. Your refusal to press charges in this case is disgusting and shows a lack of compassion toward animals. We, the undersigned, demand that police begin taking animal neglect seriously by laying charges against the owners who allegedly denied a seriously injured puppy much-needed medical care.


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Photo credit: Arroyo Veterinary Hospital in Harlingen

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  1. How could this terrible abuse be accidental? These puppy abusers nust be punished harshly!

  2. The owners are liars and the police gullible stupids.

  3. what the hell is wrong with the so called police down oh I guess it was just an animal so they don’t do anything lazy creeps maybe they have to do some work they people should be charged and jailed for doing this and the police should be dealt with too what a bunch of useless idiots

  4. April R Wilson says:

    If the police are that ignorant or to damn lazy to help a poor innocent Puppy, then they should call the professionals ( Animal Cops ) as they would have taken action right away!!! As far as these EVIL People who did this, they need to be punished by the fullest extent of the law and Never be allowed to own or be around any animals for the rest of their lives!!!


  6. Who promoted the police to God?? A crime is committed but they refuse to press charges???? Police seem to be taking the law into their own hands as well as making laws to whatever suits them. THE POLICE FORCE NEEDS SOME CLEANING UP. POLICE STATES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  7. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  8. The putting on cream, by the way what type of cream was used? made it seem the owners may have been wanting to cover up their abuse or even if it was an accident, covering up their stupidity. The police actually felt this was all that was needed to convince them the puppy was not in any danger of dying? I would think anyone seeing a puppy with 25% of it’s body burned would have attempted to convince the owners of the severity of the injuries, to take the puppy to a clinic or near by shelter or even a friend’s home. This is a disturbing circumstance.

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