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Police: Dog beaten in mall parking lot recovering in foster care

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Earl was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as a result of the extensive abuse he suffered. (Photo: Eugene Police) Earl was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as a result of the extensive abuse he suffered. (Photo: Eugene Police)
Zachary Ralston, jail booking photo Zachary Ralston, jail booking photo
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

A dog that was beaten nearly to death in a mall parking lot has been released from a veterinary hospital.

The Eugene Police Department said Friday that Earl was released into foster care to continue his recovery, though the dog's prognosis remained unclear.

Police said Earl was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as a result of the extensive abuse he suffered.

Officers arrested Zachary Michael Ralston, 24, early Tuesday morning. Police said a security guard saw Ralston choking, throwing, kicking and punching the small dog in the parking lot of the Valley River Center mall.

Investigators said Ralson, who had methamphetamine and heroin in his possession at the time of his arrest, was watching the dog for a friend.

Ralston was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of aggravated animal abuse, unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of meth.

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