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Dog abuse suspect faces judge in Waterbury on Tuesday

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Autumn. (WFSB file photo) Autumn. (WFSB file photo)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A man accused of abusing a pit bull faced a judge in Waterbury on Tuesday.

Joseph Irizarry was arrested on Sunday, according to police.

He was charged with animal abuse in August, according to court officials.

Eyewitness News learned of the abuse to Autumn last month.

One of the dog's owners, Jenna Webb, reported that she was sick of her fiance beating their dog, so she worked to move the dog to safety.

Representatives from Pack Leaders Dog Rescue of Connecticut said Autumn was so badly beaten that she couldn't walk when she was rescued.

Webb says she isn't making excuses, but says her fiancé had a rough upbringing.

“He and I struggled through a lot and I think it came out in other ways than it should have,” Webb said.

Since Irizarry’s arrest, Webb has been taking on the role of a single mom...she struggles with the tough decision she made a month ago, but has communicated with her fiancé and she says by her forcing him to confront those demons, he's changed.

“There’s been a lot of negative to get us to this point, but our family is actually getting back on the right track,” Webb said.

But it could be awhile before they're all together again. In court, Irizarry was held on a $50,000 bond and he's most likely not going to be able to post it.

Still, Webb’s confident she made the right decision.

“I want him to get the help he needs, I want our family to get the help that we need because it's a ‘we’ thing,” Webb said.

As for Autumn, she's doing well. Webb still visits from time to time, but says most likely, they won't be able to get her back. 

The rescue said Autumn has made great strides in her recovery.

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