Man Charged in Case of Badly Abused Pit Bull

A Middletown man accused of throwing his girlfriend's dog against a wall and causing injuries that required the pup to undergo thousands of dollars in surgery has turned himself in to police.

Quamane Cherry, 25, of Middletown, was arrested Friday on animal cruelty charges, two days after his girlfriend, Angela Caffrey, was taken into custody in New Britain.

Their arrests stem from an anonymous call reporting the young dog was constant crying and appeared to be walking with a limp, according to police.

Animal control found the dog, renamed "Hope," bleeding from the mouth and nose, her face swollen and her breathing heavy. A veterinarian said the pup also suffered lung contusions and broken bones in her face, leg and hip.

Hope underwent her first round of surgery March 30 and her second was scheduled for April 2.

A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the procedures brought in $5,855, far surpassing the goal of $4,500.

"Any additional donations made will go towards Hope's food, medication, toys and unexpected medical expenses," representatives from the animal hospital wrote on GoFundMe. "Beyond that, we will give any extgra funding to a dog in similar need."

The animal hospital says Hope is "recovering beautifully" and will start physical therapy in two weeks. Potential adopters are already lined up for when Hope is ready to go home.

Cherry and Caffrey have both been charged with cruelty to animals. Cherry posted $5,000 bond and is due in court April 16.

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