Animal Cruelty

Police alleged that Joseph Waters beat a dog with a sledgehammer.

Waters was arrested Dec. 3 and was charged with animal cruelty,
a felony.

Investigators said the dog was beaten on Dec. 2 and Waters was
arrested the next day.

The Australian shepherd, now named "Murphy," spent a week in a
veterinary clinic.

The dog lost an eye, but suffered no permanent head injuries.

The canine is being cared for by a man who found him in a DeKalb
County park.

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