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Dog Beat With Hammer, Arrest Made

In Atlanta, GA a dog beaten with a hammer and left for dead was found in a park on Wednesday. Robert Kennedy was walking his...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Dec 4th 2008


In Atlanta, GA a dog beaten with a hammer and left for dead was found in a park on Wednesday. Robert Kennedy was walking his dog when he saw “Murphy”, wrapped in a blanket on the ground. Nearby was a hammer with blood.

I will never understand how anyone could ever hurt an innocent animal, it’s sickening. The good news is that an arrest was made, hopefully this despicable human will be held accountable for this sickening and cowardly act.

ATLANTA — As Murphy the dog continues to recover in a DeKalb County animal hospital, authorities arrested a man they said beat the dog with a hammer and left him for dead in Murphy Candler Park.

DeKalb police spokeswoman Kiesha Williams said Joseph Waters, 48, was taken into custody Wednesday shortly after questioning and charged with one count of felony cruelty to animals.

The dog did not have a name when brought to the Dekalb Animal Hospital so the staff called him “Murphy.” Dr. Stephen Pope is hopeful Murphy will make a full recovery after being brought in with a skull fracture. Although, he will most likely lose his left eye.

We hope Murphy has a speedy recovery and gets adopted by a wonderful loving family. We hope that Joseph Waters sits in jail and gets what’s coming to him.

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