The suspect in a terrible case of animal abuse was met with protestors outside court on Thursday morning.
Police said Joseph Irizarry beat and starved his pit-bull mix named Autumn last year.
On Thursday, the court appointed an attorney to fight on behalf of Autumn. The attorney said he'll push to have Irizarry's charges upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Police say Autumn couldn't walk when she was rescued. But, she survived and has recovered from injuries suffered in the attack.
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