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Protests expected as dog abuse suspect heads back to court

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A crowd of animal rights activists are expected to protest Tuesday morning outside Waterbury Superior Court.

They are outraged over a case involving a Joseph Irizarry. He is accused of starving and beating his family dog in Waterbury.

Irizarry lived with his fiancée, Jenna Webb, the woman who turned him into the authorities about the alleged abuse.

Autumn, a pit bull mix, was beaten so badly that when she was rescued on September 13, she wasn't able to walk.

Webb said she had enough, and for the sake of autumn and her two young children, chose to get out of the home she shared with Irizarry.

Webb said at the time she wasn't making excuses for her fiancé, but claims he had a rough upbringing that resulted in the pain she says he chose to inflict on the innocent dog.

Since being arrested, Webb says Irizarry has changed for the better. She's hopeful he and their family get the help they need--and can be reunited at some point.

Meanwhile, Autumn has made great strides in her recovery, but is not likely going to be reunited with the family.

We're told between 30-100 demonstrators will arrive outside court around 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Irizarry faces three charges, two counts of risk of injury and one count of animal cruelty. He has yet to enter a plea in the case and is due in court at 10 a.m.

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