While Murphy, beaten with a sledgehammer and left for dead in an Atlanta park, receives treatment at a local vet clinic, authorities have made rapid progress on his case:
DeKalb police Wednesday charged a 48-year-old man with the sledgehammer beating of a dog in a county park.
Joseph Waters was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty, said county police spokeswoman Keisha Williams.
Investigators are looking for anyone who saw anything unusual at the park from 9 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Witnesses may call 404-294-2818.
I hope that prosecutors will take this case seriously and, if the suspect is found guilty, punish him to the fullest extent of the law.
Donations for Murphy’s care can be made at any Wachovia bank in the US under the “Murphy the Dog” account.
Will update this post with additional info as I come across it.
UPDATE, 12-4-08: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today that Murphy is able to walk, which is great news. They also describe him as being 9 years old. I have a soft spot for the old dogs. I hope that however long Murphy has left in this life, he’s just crazy-happy and surrounded by love.