CT animal abuse suspect appears in court - WFSB 3 Connecticut

CT animal abuse suspect appears in court

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Joseph Irizarry was met with protestors outside court on Thursday morning.  (WFSB) Joseph Irizarry was met with protestors outside court on Thursday morning. (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

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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