DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man faces animal cruelty charges after police said he beat a puppy so severely it had to be euthanized.
Lawrence Peterson, 58, was charged with felony animal cruelty after investigators found the pit bull mix puppy unresponsive in the back yard at a home on Camby Lane in Decatur Saturday. The puppy belonged to Peterson’s roommate, investigators said.
The puppy was taken to an emergency clinic, where veterinarians found the dog had massive head trauma. The dog was later put to sleep.