Phoenix the Puppy: One Year Later

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Credit: City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Phoenix the Puppy: One Year Later

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Today marks one year since Phoenix the puppy was burned by two Buffalo teenagers.

On October 29, 2012, Phoneix was hung three feet off the ground, doused with lighter fluid, then set on fire.

19-year-old Adell Ziegler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown were charged for the crime.

In May, Brown was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. Ziegler was sentenced to two years in prison in July, and was forbidden from owning a pet for the next seven years.

Phoenix's story touched the lives of animal lovers and beyond. He's now nearly recovered and sharing love with the Western New York community.

In June, the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter announced Phoenix was adopted by his foster mother, Judi, who took care of him while he recovered from burns.

Today, the shelter posted this photo to their Facebook page with an update on the beloved puppy.