Today I am going to tell you a story with a good ending, a story with a sad ending, and a myth. Which is a lot of stuff to tell you, so I'd better get started!
Wednesday the news reported that the police figured out who set Phoenix on fire, and it turned out to be the 14-year-old daughter of the woman who owned the dog. I was very sad and shocked to find out that this girl would set her own dog on fire. Oh, and before she did that, she hit him on the head with a shovel. The only reason the girl gave for doing this bad thing was that she was feeling depressed.
Okay, so here's another story about a dog that was named Phoenix, also because she got set on fire. This happened in Baltimore on May 27, 2009. Some police officers saw the smoke and heard the dog screaming, so they ran to help. One of the officers used her sweatshirt to smother the flames. Then they took the dog for medical treatment. The officer who put out the fire said, "This was one of the most cruel things I've ever seen. It hurt me to my heart."
At the animal hospital, the pit bull, who was called Phoenix or Lil Mercy, had salve and bandages put all over her, and she was also given medicine for the pain. She was burned on 98% of her body. Everyone did everything they could for Phoenix, but after five days, her kidneys mostly stopped working, and she had to be put to sleep.
Some twin brothers who were 17 were arrested and tried for what they supposedly did to Phoenix. The trial happened just this past February, and it ended with what is called a "hung jury" because one juror didn't agree that the brothers were guilty beyond a doubt. So there probably will be another trial. But in the meantime, the two brothers have committed some other crimes, so it seems like they will end up in jail one way or another. Which I think is a good thing.
And also I would just like to say that when people do horrible things to dogs and other animals, it really makes me feel like biting their faces off. It is especially shocking when kids torture animals. There are studies that show that kids who hurt animals are more likely to grow up to be adults who hurt humans. I don't know what the answer is to this problem, but I wish somebody would figure it out and fix it quick, before another dog or cat gets set on fire.
Nowadays you don't hear too much about the phoenix bird, but you do hear about the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Did you know that this city got its name because it was built on the ruins of the Hohokam civilization that was located in the same place long ago? Maybe people who live in Arizona know this, but I didn't know it, and neither did Mom.
Anyway, I like talking about the mythical phoenixes more than I like talking about dogs that got set on fire. But I think most people feel the same way about the subject.