Officials: Dog on rebound

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Rocky, as his name might imply, is a fighter.

The 2-year-old Dachshund tugged at the heart strings of animal lovers across Gwinnett a month ago, when authorities found him clinging to life in the home of an abusive owner.

Sheriff's Department deputies described Rocky's injuries as severe, his skull and nose fractured and left eye disfigured. Evidence suggested he'd also been strangled.

Officials reported this week the resilient pooch is on the rebound in foster care, where he'll remain pending a criminal case against one of his owners.

Physically, Rocky suffers from some long-term damage to his eye. "Otherwise, he's in good condition," Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly said Wednesday.

Deputies pinned Rocky's predicament on the actions of Lawrenceville resident Dewayne Green, 49, who allegedly beat the animal in front of his children. Authorities were alerted to the situation when Green's wife applied for a temporary protective order to thwart his behavior, officials said.

Green remains at the Gwinnett County Jail after a judge denied him bond at a preliminary hearing this month. His charges include aggravated cruelty to animals and cruelty to children in the third degree, for allegedly beating the animal in plain view of his kids.

Once the criminal case is settled, Rocky should find a permanent home.

A judge will decide who gets custody of the dog should his previous owners challenge an adoption, Kelly said.